Should the leading online tech companies be regulated as public utilities? Maybe so, according to White House advisor Steve Bannon. His basic argument, according to The Intercept, “is that Facebook and Google have become effectively a necessity in contemporary life.” Thus far, the tech sector and Washington think-tank crowd have not grappled with that possibility in much depth, if at all.
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In early 2015, the Federal Communications Commission reclassified broadband internet as a telecommunications service, a public utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, and approved long-debated net neutrality rules.