The Communication Workers of America has added its voice to the debate over the Federal Communication Commission's proposed net neutrality rules. The Wall Street Journal reports that the union told the FCC that the proposed rules - particularly those that address competition and transparency -- should apply to every Internet company, "including network providers, application and service providers, and content providers."
The union's telecommunications policy director told the Journal the group is concerned the net neutrality rules could become "a hindrance to investment" if the stakeholders don't engage in "reasoned dialogue." Less investment, Debbie Goldman said, would endanger hundreds of thousands of CWA jobs. That's why the union wants to ensure a level playing field between ISPs like AT&T and Comcast, and companies like Google.
But I have to agree with WSJ writer Fawn Johnson, who points out that the FCC's authority over application providers like Google is "iffy" and will probably have to be decided in court before it's all over.
PCWorld.com reports network providers Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola, among others, also voiced their concerns in a letter to the agency, saying, "If the FCC takes a prescriptive approach to new regulations, then it could place itself in the position of being the final arbiter of what products and services will be allowed on the Internet."