James F. Booth

For more than 25 years, James Booth has provided consulting and legal services to telecommunications carriers and to enterprise companies that manage their own telecommunications networks. Since June of 2009 he has also served as General Counsel of Spread Networks, LLC, which is the industry leader in the construction and operation of low latency high speed networks. Before joining Spread he was General Counsel for OnFiber Communications, a competitive telecommunications provider, and was the sole attorney for Qwest Communications International in support of its construction of an 18,800 mile fiber optic network spanning the United States. Earlier he was lead counsel for U S WEST in its wireless and cable television ventures in the United States, Europe and Hong Kong.

Friday, November 14, 2014

More opponents of Internet regulation emerge

Within a few days of President Obama asking regulators to reclassify the Internet as public utility—i.e. adopting so-called "net neutrality" rules preventing broadband providers from favoring some sites over others—a few high-profile opponents have emerged, some perhaps unexpected.

Cisco CEO John Chambers told CNBC that it would be a "major mistake" for the U.S. to adopt the net neutrality rules that Obama advocates.
"I think it was a major mistake to revisit Title II [the regulation governing broadband],: Chambers said..
"I've just come out of Europe last month. The European commissioners, country leads, [and] companies view the U.S. model as the one that is right and our broadband buildout over the four to five years has been very good, probably one of the best in the world," he said on CNBC's "Squawk on the Street."