The slippery slope of FCC internet regulation


Silicon Valley, take note. On August 8, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) started regulating mobile apps — and this government foray into the app space should be of concern to tech entrepreneurs as the debate over how best to ensure the open internet continues.

The nation’s four largest wireless carriers announced last year that they would deliver 911 text messages to public safety call centers, which is where emergency operators dispatch first responders. The FCC decided to convert this voluntary text-to-911 agreement into regulation and extend it across all wireless carriers and to a swath of over the top (OTT) messaging applications.

CTIA-The Wireless Association and its members certainly support text-to-911 solutions, but the expansion of regulatory mandates deeper into the mobile ecosystem should give us all pause.

Digital innovators across the country should take heed of this cautionary tale of expansive FCC regulation. The development should inform all of…

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