Saturday, January 17, 2015

In Surprising Move, Sprint Endorses Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON -- Sprint has come out in support of granting the government strong authority to enforce net neutrality, bucking the trend of cell phone carriers fighting efforts to keep the Internet free and open.

The Federal Communications Commission will vote on a net neutrality plan next month. President Barack Obama has urged the agency to reclassify consumer broadband under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, a move that would empower the FCC to block Internet service providers from charging for faster Internet access.

In a letter sent to the FCC on Thursday, Sprint Chief Technology Officer Stephen Bye wrote that the company "does not believe that a light touch application of Title II ... would harm the continued investment in, and deployment of, mobile broadband services."


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