By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 1-11-16
Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell plans to tell Congress that a new bill meant to block the FCC from using Title II authority over ISPs to regulate broadband rates should explicitly extend to rates ISPs may charge to edge providers or other ISPs or backbone providers (interconnection).
McDowell, who is a partner at Wiley Rein, is testifying at a House Communications Subcommittee hearing Jan. 12 on four communications bills, including H.R. 2666, the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act.
According to his prepared testimony, McDowell says that: “To avoid any confusion as to what H.R. 2666 is intended to address, it should be revised to state with specificity that it refers to all forms of regulation of the rates for Internet access services, including peering and interconnection.” » Read More