U.S. FCC says it will vote on so-called ‘net neutrality’ in February

“Federal regulators looking to place restrictions on Internet providers will introduce and vote on new proposed net neutrality rules in February, Federal Communications Commission officials said Friday,” Brian Fung reports for The Washington Post.

“Tom Wheeler, told fellow FCC commissioners before the Christmas holiday that he intends to circulate a draft proposal internally next month with an eye toward approving the measure weeks later, said one official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the agency’s deliberations are ongoing,” Fung reports. “It’s still unclear what rules Wheeler has in mind for Internet providers. Analysts and officials close to the agency say that momentum has been building recently for far more aggressive regulations than Wheeler had initially proposed.”

“The timing indicates Wheeler does not see the need for more public input on the benefits and drawbacks of using Title II, as earlier reports suggested. It also implies the FCC will not be able to avoid a showdown with Congress over net neutrality,” Fung reports. “Republican lawmakers are expected to introduce legislation this month to preempt any FCC rule on the subject.”

Read more in the full article here.

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10 Comments

  1. ‘If the Web becomes too complicated, too fraught with security concerns, then its proliferation may stop – or slow down. It should be kept open. It should be kept free. One of the major reasons for the Web’s proliferation is its simplicity. A lot of people want to make the Web more complicated. This simple model has had a profound impact by starting to become ubiquitous. The most important thing for the Web is not to become more complicated. By collective agreement. Sure. Go for ubiquity.’

    ‘Steve Jobs Bio: The Unauthorized Autobiography.’

    1. Agreed ! The Internet is “THE” ubiquitous utility of the 21st Century.

      If big telcos and mega-corps want their own control of high speed connections, then let them buy and run their own fiber. Some wall street HF traders do that now.

  2. There once was this thing called the internet where anyone could connect to a network of government and university file servers in order to download content and participate in forums, and even play games. This was accomplished using a dial-up modem and an independent ISP. Content was unregulated and open. Connections were cheap. Free speech was enabled. Anybody could say whatever they wanted and reach millions of people with their messages.

    Then along came the cable and telephone companies, who started providing ISP service. Due to the speed of the connections they provided, billing convenience, and bundling of services they put most of the small independent ISPs out of business. A few large companies controlling the last mile of everyone’s connection to the internet isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but since their businesses also included selling content they wanted to control what content was delivered to their customers. Without regulatory oversight these companies began to throttle or curtail delivery of competing content to their customers.

    We are now in the upside down world of monopolists arguing that their control of access to the public internet somehow equates to freedom, while regulation that would force them to allow equal access to the public internet for all customers and content providers is somehow curtailing freedom. They’ve even managed to convince a large portion of their customers that their monopolistic gatekeeping of the public internet for their own benefit and profit is somehow good for consumers. We do truly live in an upside down world.

  3. “So-Called” or whatever noise is thrown into the mess, one thing we know for sure is:

    The Media Corporate Oligarchy will get its way, because Mr. Wheeler is their little puppet, and We The People will be ignored. IOW: ByeBye Brave New Internet! 😛

  4. Once again we are at the same technological crossroad we were at 100 years ago with electricity, water, & telephone. Big monopolies wanted to control it for “profit” and to allow for technological advancement… but not for the btterment of the people, or society. It took Teddy Roosevelt to bust those trusts, and Congress to make them into Public Utilities. As a result the USA flourished on the back of our PUBLIC Infrastructure.
    Now? We’re caving in to the monopolists, and failing to learn from the history of a century ago.

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