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The FCC Tweets Its #ThirdWay Plan for Broadband

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, May 6 2010

Of important policy note is that the Federal Communications Commission just announced its plan to regulate broadband Internet as a "Title II" service, with some dialing back of its authorities on some of the more controversial aspects of Title II regulation.

Of important online communications note is that they did with a tweet that came packaged with a hashtag meant to sum up the policy for friends and foes alike: "#thirdway." (The first two being sticking with the lightly-regulated status quo and regulating broadband fully under Title II.) Third way is a catchy hashtag, and not a bad eight-character description of the path that the FCC is trying to lay down, though it is reminiscent of the whole Clinton-Blair "third way" approach that is a bit dated.

UPDATE: One more note: The FCC has also just posted its legal justification for its "thirdway" approach to broadband on Broadband.gov, and it's actually quite readable. We've talked of the "plain language movement" burgeoning inside the halls of government, and how it might help on the web. Here's a case in point -- a straightforward, informative chunk of text that web managers were able to post quickly, and cut off a great deal of wondering and confusion.

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