FCC postpones decision on net neutrality, solicits more public comments

September 3, 2010 -

The Federal Communications Commission announced this week that it would postpone a decision on net neutrality and solicit more public feedback. The move follows a busy August packed with closed door meetings with stakeholders, and proposals from Verizon and Google that have, by most accounts, made progress on the topic difficult.

The FCC announced Sept. 1 that it plans to postpone making a decision, possibly until November. While not stated by the FCC, upcoming mid-term elections that could change the balance of power in the house and senate - and in turn change who heads powerful oversight committees - are probably a factor as well.

Chairman Genachowski said that progress had been made on the issue, but that the FCC wants additional feedback on how to handle specialized services and mobile broadband.

"The information received through this inquiry, along with the record developed to date, will help complete our efforts to establish an enforceable framework to preserve Internet freedom and openness," Genachowski wrote.

The FCC's net neutrality ruling might be delayed until after the November elections, according to The Wall Street Journal.

 

Source: eweek.com


 
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