Mozilla Tells The FCC To Grow A Spine, Reclassify ISPs As Common Carriers

Brad Reed | BGR | May 5, 2014

Mozilla might not be as big as Google or Netflix in most consumers’ minds but as the maker of the popular Firefox browser, it does have some clout. That’s why it’s noteworthy that Mozilla on Monday recommended that the Federal Communications Commission use the “nuclear option” against Internet service providers by reclassifying them as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act.

Title II regulations were designed to regulate old telephone networks as part of the 1934 Communications Act, which was most recently overhauled to include updated rules in 1996. Former FCC chairman Julius Genachowski had originally planned to reclassify ISPs under Title II back in 2010 but he backed down under pressure and implemented Title II-type restrictions on landline ISPs without officially reclassifying them. This patchwork regulatory approach got shot down earlier this year when the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned the FCC’s 2010 order and left ISPs free to do whatever they want...