Within the Federal Communications Commission's proposed regulatory changes (paywall) detailed within their recent broadband plan was the plan to treat internet providers as telecommunications under Title II. Although this would bring ISPs under stricter regulations, those that usually affect utilities, some see a bright side, especially in the case of Google Fiber (paywall).
Google Fiber is a Google's effort to offer internet through a physically wired service program. Between their $30-$300 initial cost 10 years of free internet at 5mb/s and their offering of 1Gbit(125mb/s) for $70, they've scared the established ISPs offering much weaker plans. The cost of laying wire, however, is relatively high and as such, they've only brought their service to a few key areas.
In a market where the largest internet service providers are also the largest telecommunications companies, it's no coincidence that outside companies are hard pressed to gain access to established infrastructure. Google Fiber has had to fight an uphill battle for alternatives to something as expensive as laying wiring in the ground, however, under the proposed shift to Title II, Google Fiber stands to gain access to utility poles as well as other essential utility infrastructure. This sudden opening of opportunities would allow them to cut costs significantly as they gain the ability to create greater competition and consumer choice in more areas.
Should ISPs be put under greater regulation?
Should they be labeled as "utilities"?
Should Google Fiber gain access to the infrastructure built by other companies?
Would you like for Google Fiber to come to your area?