Making Internet service a utility - what's the worst that could happen? [telecom]

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A cable lobby lawyer reveals the industry's darkest fears.

By Jon Brodkin

It's 2020, and a coronavirus pandemic has underscored how crucial
broadband service is to the lives of Americans for work,
entertainment, and school. Internet service is a necessity, and yet it
isn't regulated as a utility the way services like water and
electricity are. But back in 2014 (when this story was originally
published) and 2015, there was a hot debate over whether the Federal
Communications Commission should treat broadband service like a
utility - or, more precisely, as a Title II common-carrier service -
in order to impose net neutrality rules.

Bill Horne
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