Did The FCC’s Latest Broadband Regulation Just Lose All Its Credibility?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Imagine a Federal agency calling for public input on an important issue while one of its top officials simultaneously tells corporations at a private event how they can rig the process for their own benefit.

That’s what’s going on at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC ) this month. The agency, evidently not content with its February decision to impose 1934 regulation on America’s broadband Internet, has opened an investigation into business broadband services called special access.

The FCC calls its action “a comprehensive evaluation of the relevant data,” which certainly sounds scholarly and evenhanded.

But immediately after the announcement, Gigi Sohn, counselor to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, went before a trade group pushing for more regulation and offering a different view. According to an article in Light Reading: