updated 04:40 pm EDT, Wed June 2, 2010
Pelosi backs FCC Internet access reclassification
House speaker Nancy Palosi is backing the FCC's attempts to protect the Internet, expand broadband and promote net neutrality by speaking out on the issue. During a recent conference call, she made it clear she wouldn't back a proposed plan that would still cede Internet control to companies like AT&T or Comcast. She added that the mission of House Democrats is to bring universal broadband, with the bill passed three years ago. Funding is now required to bring it into reality, eliminating the disparity between urban and rural populations.
"I don't know how many options they have unless they choose to work with Republicans, but it's not going to be a Democratic initiative," Pelosi said during the call.
Pelosi maintained that her priorities included reclassification, net neutrality, and universal access.
This flies in contrast to a lobbyist-driven letter that aimed to give control of the Internet directly to telecom providers and which was advocated by 74 House Democrats and 37 Republicans.