Yesterday, The Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) five commissioners voted unanimously to move ahead with the discussion on Net Neutrality.
While all five commissioners approved the move, the two Republican members (Robert McDowell and Meredith Attwell Baker) indicated that, while they think further exploration is a good idea, they don’t think regulations will ultimately be needed.
McDowell was quoted in a Washington Post website as saying:
Today we do disagree on substance. I do not agree with the majority’s view that the Internet is showing breaks and cracks and that the government … needs to fix it. Nonetheless it is important to remember that the commission is starting a process, not ending one.
Senator John McCain expressed his displeasure with the Net Neutrality movement as well. PC World reports that McCain introduced his own Internet Freedom Act, which would “expressly prohibit the FCC from making rules on net neutrality in the simplest terms.” McCain thinks Net Neutrality will affect the job market and stifle competition.
The Net Neutrality movement will now record comments until January 14, 2010 and subsequent reply comments until March 14, 2010.