FCCs heavy-handed regulations splits party lines

BOSTON — In the waning months of the Obama administration, the divisions appear to be hardening at the nation’s primary telecom regulator, and legislators are taking notice.

Here at the annual expo hosted by NCTA, the cable industry’s leading trade group, congressional staffers and commissioners at the FCC described a polarized agency that has been moving ahead with contentious initiatives on broadband pricing, Internet privacy, Net neutrality and other issues in the face of staunch opposition on Capitol Hill.

“The commission increasingly acts without much regard to congressional views,” said David Quinalty, an aide to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.).

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