Democrats Push for More Teeth in Net Neutrality Plan

It seems like no one besides Internet and wireless service providers like Net Neutrality as it is currently drafted. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) and other Democratic House members have provided the FCC with a wish list of items they want to see in the proposal to be voted on December 21.

In a letter sent to the FCC on Friday, Markey and other House members asked for four key items:


  1. Nondiscrimination (a ban on paid prioritization)
  2. application of rules to both wired and wireless broadband
  3. Narrow exceptions for managed services
  4. A broad definition of Internet access services


The current draft of the net neutrality proposal does not deal with any of these issues. No changes have been made to the draft document, despite a multitude of letters sent by lawmakers, so we will have to wait and see if any changes are made prior to a vote. One FCC commissioner, Democrat Michael Copps has suggested that some changes need to be made before a vote. We’ll see.


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    Shahab says:

    I applaud this, after all of Genachowski’s bluster he gave us the weakest version of NN a person could make.

    Of course I have little hope anything constructive wil be done. We need line sharing yesterday. An industry with so few competitors needs regulation to change that.

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    greevar says:

    A broad definition of internet services? I’d rather have clear definitions that aren’t open to interpretation. Nevertheless, those 4 points should be included, especially applying rules equally to wired and wireless connections.


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