Writing to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski on Monday, four Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee voiced their concerns with the net neutrality policy framework proposed last week by Verizon Communications and Google, Inc. The lawmakers claim that the agreement “reinforces the need for resolution of the current open proceedings at the Commission to ensure the maintenance of an open Internet.” In the week since its introduction, the regulatory roadmap offered by Google and Verizon has added considerable ammunition to the debate over net neutrality that continues to intensify in the wake of the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision in the Comcast- BitTorrent case. Specifically, the companies’ plan would prohibit wireline broadband operators from selectively blocking web transmissions while exempting wireless mobile broadband providers from net neutrality regulation. New and non-traditional applications offered by wireline providers would also be exempt. Although consumer advocates argue that the proposal would bring about public versus private Internet “lanes” and would jeopardize the development of the mobile web as a platform for rural broadband, AT&T and other industry advocates contend that wireless carriers need freedom to manage web traffic as they see fit, given the inherent spectrum and capacity constraints of wireless networks. Criticizing the Verizon-Google proposal as “an industry-centered . . . framework” put forth by “two large communications companies with a vested financial interest in the outcome,” Representatives Ed Markey (D-MA), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Jay Inslee (D-WA) urged Genachowski to proceed with his “third way” plan to reclassify the transmission component of broadband Internet networks as a Title II common carrier service. Further characterizing the FCC’s proceeding as “an appropriate and tailored response to the . . . Comcast ruling,” the lawmakers termed Genachowski’s plan as “critically important for . . . achieving the goals set forth in the landmark National Broadband Plan.” Taking issue with the proposed exemption of wireless broadband networks from regulation, the lawmakers argued that such exclusion “could widen the digital divide by establishing a substandard, less open experience for traditionally underserved regions” and would also “confuse consumers.” The lawmakers stressed that any rules adopted by the FCC “should focus on adherence to the public interest, discourage attempts to strangle the free-flow of lawful content . . . and provide certainty both for entrepreneurs and Internet users.”