Latta Re-Introduces Title II-Blocking Bill

Says FCC Reclassification of ISPs 'Misguided'

Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio), vice chairman of the House Communications Subcommittee, has reintroduced a bill that would block any FCC effort to reclassify Internet access under Title II common carrier regulations.

That comes a week after FCC chairman Tom Wheeler signaled his new proposal to restore network neutrality rules would be to apply some Title II regs.

The bill would amend the Communications Act to make explicit that Title II common carrier regulations can't be applied to an information service, and that Internet access is an information service.

“The FCC’s plans to reclassify broadband under Title II are misguided,” said Latta in announcing the bill's reintroduction. “Imposing monopoly-era telephone rules on a 21st Century industry that has thrived under the current light-touch regulatory framework will undoubtedly impede the economic growth and innovation that have resulted in the broadband marketplace absent government interference."

Latta also cites a Progressive Policy Institute estimate that Title II reclassification would mean billions more in user fees and taxes for consumers, an argument cable operators have been making.

"My legislation provides the certainty needed for continued investment in broadband networks and services that have been fundamental for job creation, productivity and consumer choice," said Latta.

Latta introduced the bill in May of last year, with the support of cable operators.