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Daily Dashboard | Officials Discuss Ending FTC “Common Carrier” Exemption Related reading: The EU's data retention pickle

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The Washington Post reports federal officials are discussing ways to end a law that prohibits the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from regulating “common carriers.” Under the new net neutrality order by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Internet service providers (ISPs) and telecommunications companies would be considered utilities, or common carriers. By removing the exemption, both agencies would have more power to regulate the industry. On Wednesday, FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny and FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler testified at a House Judiciary Committee hearing that they endorsed ending the exemption. "That idea is definitely worthy of review," Wheeler said. "We should work in tandem with the FTC. It's a great one-two punch." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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