The US Federal Communications Commission has commenced a three-month public consultation process into the future of America's broadband infrastructure.
The organisation has asked for greater powers to help regulate high-speed broadband services in the US offered by companies like AT&T and Comcast.
The FFC members formally declared the organisation "open for comment" on new broadband rules that will determine the future of broadband internet access in the US.
The move has sparked what is set to be one of the most expensive lobbying campaigns on Capitol Hill, with several Democrats unwilling to hand over greater control to the FCC, and instead lending their support to suppliers like AT&T and Verizon.
Internet companies including Google, Yahoo and Microsoft have come out in favour of the FCC exercising greater control over broadband service providers.
The Financial Times reports that FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has assured senators that the regulator is only looking to acquire limited power to enhance its regulatory authority.