A group of four Democratic politicians claims that a proposal announced last week by Google and Verizon does not give the federal government enough authority to regulate the internet, CNET reports. The companies’ net-neutrality proposal does not grant the Federal Communications Commission sufficient “oversight authority” and should permit the agency to slap new regulations on wireless services, the politicians said in a letter dated Aug. 16. It was addressed to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a fellow Democrat, who has been left in an awkward position after a federal appeals court slapped down the agency’s attempt to punish Comcast. The letter, drafted by Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., says the idea of curbing FCC authority over wireless services “could widen the digital divide by establishing a substandard, less open experience for traditionally underserved regions and demographic groups that may more often need to access or choose to access the internet on a mobile device.” It also was signed by Anna Eshoo, whose district includes Palo Alto, Calif., Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania, and Jay Inslee of Washington state…

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