In filings to the FCC, the major Internet providers — including Comcast, Verizon and AT&T — warned that reclassification would hurt the Internet.
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The Federal Communications Commission is being bombarded with passionate calls for a wholesale change to the way the Internet is regulated.
While reclassifying Internet providers to treat them like phone companies would be an uphill political battle, companies, lawmakers and members of the public are pressing the agency to do it anyway.
The FCC has received more than 1 million comments about its proposed rewrite of net neutrality rules. Amid profanity-filled diatribes and threats against FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, many of the comments ask the agency to change the way it regulates Internet providers.