Commenting on the FCC’s request for additional industry input on mobile broadband and specialized service issues as they relate to the agency’s open Internet proceeding, Senate Communications Subcommittee Chairman John Kerry (D-MA) called on affected parties to take “a deep breath and continue to engage in a constructive process.” Initiated last year, the FCC’s open Internet proceeding examines the appropriate regulatory framework for preserving Internet freedom and is related to a separate rulemaking, launched last May, on the proposed reclassification of broadband transmission services under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. The FCC’s latest request for comments is expected to delay the agency’s vote on broadband reclassification (which had been anticipated for later this month) until after the November mid-term elections. While confirming that lawmakers are continuing to work “on a legislative solution to ensure that the law reflects the growing consensus that the open Internet must be preserved and promoted,” Kerry stressed his belief that “the FCC has the authority, ability and responsibility to use its regulatory authority under existing law to preserve Internet freedom with or without a new law.” (Last month, Kerry acknowledged that it is unlikely that members of Congress will agree on the passage of a bill before the November elections that would provide the FCC with statutory authority over the Internet.) Notwithstanding the complaints of public interest and other groups that last week’s call for comments will result in needless delay, Kerry said it is “fair and smart” for the FCC to consider further how it should best execute its oversight of broadband networks “given the modern infrastructure and changing landscape” of the broadband industry.” On the House side, Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, also praised the FCC’s decision to “tread carefully,” as he warned that “pursuing the Title II path will hinder broadband investment and deployment” and “threaten job creation at a time when our country needs it the most.”