By Sara Jerome - 07/15/10 05:43 PM EDT
Title II rules govern telephone services. In an effort at moderation, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has proposed to apply Title II to broadband access providers without imposing all the regulations that apply to telephone service, such as pricing strictures.
Texas "strongly urges the commission not to impose such a heavy-handed approach on a market that has exhibited none of the market failures that led to the creation of Title II."
One of its arguments surrounded concern for the Texas economy.
"In the 21st century, silicon and optical fiber will be to the Texas economy what oil and cotton were in the 20th," said the comments filed by Barry Smitherman, the public utilites commission chairman in Texas. He was appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry, a Republican.