Kerry: FCC has 'rationale' to consider broadband re-classification

Kerry seemed to predict that brewing battle in his statement on Tuesday. But while he did not take a side in the re-classification fight, he did signal support for new rules that would empower the FCC to regulate broadband services.

According to Kerry, who was a member of the Senate Commerce Committee when it debated the telecommunications law that now guides the FCC, lawmakers did not intend for "cable and telephone broadband internet service providers to fall outside of the authority of the FCC..."

He consequently suggested legislation "a new legal and regulatory framework for broadband, especially if reclassifying broadband as a telecommunications service proves too difficult to administer."

"I am willing to work with all interested parties on the construction of that framework," the senator later noted.