Will broadband become a basic utility?
Submitted by Primex Manufacturing Ltd.
The question of whether or not broadband Internet service should be considered a public utility is a hot-button issue, especially in the U.S., where the battle over net neutrality rages on. Internet service providers are currently classified as information services, meaning the Federal Communications Commission is unable to regulate them as it does telecommunication utilities such as landline phones. There has been a call (supported by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, among others) to reclassify ISPs as utilities, which would give the FCC greater control over them, thus helping to ensure an open Internet.