What I don't get is how the FCC has the authority to reclassify something that was not previously under their control as a public utility, thereby giving them the authority to regulate it. That sounds a lot like a president issuing an "executive order" to declare himself king, thereby increasing the scope of his power. Shouldn't the decision to reclassify or not be determined by an elected legislative body, first (e.g. state legislatures where the traffic is intrastate, national legislatures where the traffic involves more than a single state, and by international treaty where the traffic involves more than one nation)? Only after the people's representatives have given authority over to a committy of appointed regulators should those regulators have the authority to regulate. Even then, their authority should be limited to the jurisdictions where that authority has been specifically granted.
If/when the FCC attempts to pass any regulation regarding Internet traffic, I expect that the affected parties will challenge the FCC's authority in a federal court.
Last edited by HockeyoAJB; 02-26-2015 at 08:16 PM.