House Democrats not happy with FCC broadband plan either

74 House Democrats have added their names to the list of lawmakers opposed to the Federal Communications Commission's plan to expand its jurisdiction over broadband Internet access.

The lawmakers signed a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on Monday expressing their opposition to the FCC's "Third Way" plan to reclassify broadband from a Type I information service to a Type II telecom service. Both Senate Republicans and telecom providers have also expressed opposition to the plan.

"The uncertainty this proposal creates will jeopardize jobs and deter needed investment for years to come," writes Rep. Gene Green of Texas. "The significant regulatory impact of reclassifying broadband services is not something that should be taken lightly and should not be done without additional direction from Congress."

The letter calls the FCC's proposal "unprecedented" and says it could create regulatory uncertainty that would distract the commission from broadband expansion, which should be its top priority.

"We urge you not to move forward with a proposal that undermines critically important investment in broadband and the jobs that come with it."

Republicans have also criticized the proposal, arguing it would stifle competition among broadband providers and harm consumers. Internet service providers have also resisted the additional regulation, but some Internet companies, including Google and Skype, have expressed support.