By  John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 5-17-17

House Democrats used a hearing on emergency alerts to raise red flags on the FCC Republican majority’s plan to roll back classification of ISPs as Title II common carriers, which is scheduled to be voted May 18.

The House Communications Subcommittee was looking into the future of alerts, both online and on-air, but in opening statements, some Democrats diverged from the topic at hand to an issue much on the minds of legislators.

Ranking member Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) said he was “concerned” about the timing of its hearing.  “The FCC at its open meeting tomorrow will vote to advance an order that will roll back essential rules that protect and promote a free and open Internet. ”

He pointed to over one million comments that have been filed and also pointed out that the committee had yet to hold a hearing on the proposal or an FCC oversight hearing.  He said the committee should be discussing the issue with the commission.  » Read More