Acting on its own motion, the FCC voted unanimously to classify wireless broadband Internet access services as information services, thereby according wireless broadband the same regulatory treatment as cable modem, broadband over power line (BPL), digital subscriber line (DSL) and other forms of wireline broadband. The ruling is one of several key items—including a notice of inquiry (NOI) on net neutrality, the agency’s inaugural report to Congress on satellite competition, and an order paving the way for multicasting by high-definition radio broadcasters—that were adopted at the FCC’s open meeting for March. (Separate articles on the net neutrality NOI and the satellite competition report appear below.) Declaring that the decision “[furthers] the goal of regulating like services in a similar manner,” the FCC found that, while the transmission component of wireless broadband functions as a “telecommunications” service, the provision of that component as part of a functionally-integrated wireless Internet access service qualifies as an information service in a manner consistent with that of cable modem, DSL and BPL-enabled Internet services. Although FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell predicted that the item would give wireless broadband providers the regulatory certainty and parity they need to compete effectively, Copps, in a concurring statement, observed that the ruling consigns wireless broadband services to “an indeterminate Title I regulatory limbo” that “is no substitute for a national broadband strategy.” Asserting that “the multi-faceted nature of wireless services and devices raises a whole host of novel questions that today’s order does not even attempt to answer,” Copps warned that WiFi or voice-over- Internet transmissions over wireless devices could be left without consumer proprietary network information and other Title II protections afforded to wireless voice calls that are classified as telecommunications services. Wireless association CTIA, on the other hand, applauded the decision, proclaiming: “because of forward-looking policies like this one, wireless broadband will continue to spur revolutionary advances in public safety, medicine, homeland security, education and business.”