Today’s chuckle: Top ISPs threaten to innovate less, spend less on network upgrades

Without any visible irony, top ISPs like AT&T and Comcast are threatening to innovate less, spend less on network upgrades if broadband is reclassified by the FCC as a telecommunications service. This comes on the heels of reports that they are already reducing their investments in their networks.

The companies warned the FCC not to classify broadband as a telecommunications service, which would open Internet service up to stricter “common carrier” rules under Title II of the Communications Act. The US has long applied common carrier status to the telephone network, providing justification for universal service obligations that guarantee affordable phone service to all Americans and other rules that promote competition and consumer choice.

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