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FCC’s Broadband Reversal Puts Expanded Access In Doubt

Law360, Washington (May 5, 2017, 5:30 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission’s plan to reverse the classification of broadband as a utility and rethink net neutrality rules may also undercut the agency’s ability to expand broadband through its universal service fund, as it may no longer be deemed an essential telecom service and eligible for support under the program, according to experts and the commission’s sole Democratic member.

Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who voted to approve the 2015 Open Internet Order that reclassified broadband as a Title II common carrier service under the Communications Act in order to set net neutrality rules, blasted Republicans’ plan to reverse that framework last week. Among...

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