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February 11, 2015 at 6:50 AM

Net neutrality should be enacted by Congress

I agree we need strong new net neutrality rules, but they should be enacted by Congress, not the Federal Communications Commission [“Getting a win for net neutrality,” Opinion, Feb. 3]. The FCC regulations guest columnist Timothy Karr favors face several difficulties.

For one, the FCC’s plan to classify the Internet as a Title II service isn’t likely to survive court challenge. The FCC has always argued against this Title II “reclassification” in the past, and with good reason. Arguing that we should regulate the Internet like we did the Bell system is like arguing that broadband Internet is just like the crank phone that Timmy’s mom used to call Lassie. Would a judge agree?

And the new rules could be quickly jettisoned by a future president.

But the Congress has clear power to pass strong new rules that allow net neutrality without the excess baggage and uncertainty caused by the Title II regulatory gambit. A compromise to do that is already moving forward.

Why risk years of litigation and perhaps end up with no neutrality protection at all when a better approach is already at the hand?

Everett M. Ehrlich, Washington, D.C.

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