When it comes to discussing the FCC's recent proposal for rewriting its Net neutrality rules, everyone needs to take a deep breath, slow down, and check their facts, according to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, whose agency seems to have a knack for inadvertently exciting the public over its proposed policy plans.And I couldn't agree more. The Internet worked itself into a tizzy Wednesday evening when the Wall Street Journal and New York Times published stories in which they suggested that the FCC had changed its position on certain aspects of the Open Internet rules that it has been reworking since January when a federal appeals court struck down regulation the FCC had adopted in 2010. Blogs were ablaze with headlines about the "Death of Net neutrality" and claims that the FCC was offering its approval to broadband providers who want to create so-called fast lanes on the Internet. The backlash was reminiscent of a media firestorm in November over the FCC's planned vote to lift … [Read more...] about Calm down: FCC’s position on Net neutrality hasn’t changed
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CHICAGO--Telecom policy experts say it is time for the Federal Communications Commission to put Net neutrality issues to rest so that the agency can move on to addressing other items on its agenda, such as implementing the National Broadband plan. A representative from AT&T was joined by former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and other policy wonks here on a panel at the 4G World trade show to discuss the FCC's progress on implementing the National Broadband Plan. Robert Quinn, senior vice president of regulatory affairs for AT&T, said progress on achieving goals set out in the plan presented to Congress earlier this year have been painfully slow. "We are frustrated at the slow progress," he said. "The Broadband Plan does a good job of isolating the problems, but now there are rule-making proceedings spread over the next 18 months. And we have no idea when these will turn into real rules." He went on to say that many of the issues that the FCC is trying to deal with as part of this … [Read more...] about Critics urge FCC to forget Net neutrality
The Federal Communications Commission is still on track to address net neutrality, but the agency needs to "get the rules right," Chairman Julius Genachowski said Wednesday. An April Comcast ruling that questioned the commission's authority over broadband, as well as the joint proposal from Google and Verizon didn't exactly help move things along, Genachowski said during an appearance at the Web 2.0 conference. "Preserving the openness of the Internet is just obviously important for our global competitiveness," Genachowski said. The FCC must "make sure this platform stays open to innovators, where it's the market and consumers picking winners and losers not people who control access to the Internet." The FCC proposed formal net neutrality rules in October 2009, but in April, an appeals court ruled that the FCC did not have the right to hand down a 2008 network management enforcement action against Comcast; which prompted the current debate over net neutrality. That ruling, however, … [Read more...] about FCC Still Pursuing ‘All Options’ on Net Neutrality, Chairman Says
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski on Wednesday unveiled an updated net neutrality plan, but how is this different from the proposal the commission introduced in October 2009? For all intents and purposes, the main thrust of Wednesday's plan doesn't differ too greatly from the October 2009 proposal. An FCC official said yesterday that it is "fully consistent with the approach" laid out last year. There are still open Internet protections, and ISPs would still be banned from discriminating against particular apps or engaging in unreasonable network management. The wireless industry is also still included. Instead of laying out new plans for net neutrality, Wednesday's move was really more of a legal argument. Genachowski's plan outlines the FCC's legal authority for addressing broadband, though it ditches plans to reclassify broadband as a telecom service. The FCC hasn't actually released the full plan, so we'll have to take Genachowski's word for it when he … [Read more...] about FCC’s New Net Neutrality Plan: Has Anything Changed?
Yesterday's decision by the FCC to regulate Internet providers as common carriers is being hailed as a victory by most of the groups supporting net neutrality, and as a loss by the cable and telecommunications companies that will now be regulated. But as much as I back the concept of net neutrality – the idea that Internet providers shouldn't discriminate among content providers – I worry that we really don't know where these changes will lead to, and that there are likely to be unintended consequences that we can't predict. The actual ruling, which came on a 3-2 partisan vote, classifies the Internet providers as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act, as opposed to an information service. The FCC has promised to "forebear" many of the regulatory powers it would have under that act, but it hasn't yet published the final ruling, so many of the details remain unknown. The ruling follows years of debate about net neutrality. The concept seems … [Read more...] about The FCC on Net Neutrality: Be Careful What You Wish For