Harris Hoffberg of Proskauer Rose writes:
The Federal Communication Commission’s (the “FCC”) landmark decision last year to reclassify Internet service providers (“ISPs”) as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 implicates policy issues that extend well beyond net neutrality.
The reclassification of broadband providers as common carriers arguably limits the Federal Trade Commission’s (the “FTC”) authority to regulate because Section 5 of the FTC Act does not include common carriers.
Privacy advocates are especially concerned about the ability of ISPs to collect and exploit customer information given the unique position of ISPs as the gateway to the Internet.
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