By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 6-22-23

Anna Gomez, President Joe Biden’s nominee for the open Democratic seat on the Federal Communications Commission, told a Senate Commerce Committee nomination hearing panel June 22 she supports reclassifying internet access as a Title II telecommunications service.

Currently, the FCC classifies internet access as an information service under Title I of the Communications Act, and not subject to common-carrier/open access regulations. That occurred after network neutrality regulations approved under Obama-era Democratic Chair Tom Wheeler were then unapproved by the succeeding Republican majority under Trump-era Chair Ajit Pai.

Under questioning by Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Gomez said: “I think that private internet access service is too important, too central, to our lives and to our economy not to have effective oversight. And so I would be supportive of reclassification to Title II.”  » Read More