CDT Says Broadband Stimulus Should Demand Openness

CDT filed comments today urging the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to ensure that broadband services supported with stimulus funds will be open to the full range of current and future Internet uses. CDT argued that the broadband stimulus program’s interconnection and nondiscrimination obligations should be interpreted to preclude grantees not just from blocking access to selected online content, services, applications, or protocols, but also from impairing the quality or speed of selected communications. Reasonable security management and congestion management techniques should be permitted, CDT said.