Apple Online Store“The first three months of 2010 has rolled along very quickly, as the FCC has worked through a plethora of issues. It rolled out the National Broadband Plan (NBB), applications for new network licenses, review of NBC Universal – Comcast merger and a lawsuit filed against it by Comcast,” Doug Hanchard reports for ZDNet.

“The 360-page NBB plan recommends extensive overhaul of the FCC itself and the regulations it enforces. It ignores very few issues regarding access to broadband, the future of explosive wireless usage and the need to ensure that creativity is not handicapped by lack of bandwidth. Everything seems to be covered, even the issue of taxes and the impact of how that could impact internet growth. One issue that is well covered is reform of the Universal Service Fund, which enables funding used strictly for telephone service to be used for broadband build out or upgrades. Congressman Rick Boucher (D-VA) has drafted legislation in preparation of reform policy proposals by the FCC,” Hanchard reports. “Thus it appears all issues as per the executive summary to be a well documented plan with clear goals. Except one. Net Neutrality.”

Hanchard reports, “You won’t find a single notation or specific comment about Net Neutrality. Did the FCC kill it? Did industry lobby to keep it out of the report? Were the Commissioners divided on the issue? There are several possible answers. The answer is probably all three.”

Full, comprehensive article, in which Hanchard states a fundamental problem, “Everyone has their own definition of what ‘Net Neutrality’ truly means,” here.

MacDailyNews Take: As we wrote nearly four years ago: “We don’t presume to know the best way to get there, but we support the concept of ‘Net Neutrality’ especially as it pertains to preventing the idea of ISP’s blocking or otherwise impeding sites that don’t pay the ISP to ensure equal access. That said, we usually prefer the government to be hands-off wherever possible, Laissez-faire, except in cases where the free market obviously cannot adequately self-regulate (antitrust, for just one example). Regulations are static and the marketplace is fluid, so extensive regulations can have unintended, unforeseen results down the road. We sincerely hope that there are enough forces in place and/or that the balances adjust in such a manner as to keep the ‘Net neutral.”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “iWill” for the heads up.]