Tom Wheeler: Net neutrality, take two.
Always-in-flux Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler is reportedly redrafting rules governing net neutrality -- again. Never satisfied with a firm decision, the former cable industry lobbyist isn't the only person dissatisfied. A host of technology firms, politicians, you-name-it are too: The object of dissatisfaction is the new net neutrality proposal by Tom Wheeler.
Reportedly, the new draft states unequivocally that the FCC is super serious about ensuring all Internet traffic will be treated fairly. Just like the last net neutrality proposal.
In IT Blogwatch, bloggers hear the same old song and dance.
Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.
The [FCC] isn't expected to officially release an updated net neutrality proposal until May 15th, but that isn't stopping activists from protesting an expected provisions that would allow..."paid traffic prioritization." And activists might have just gotten some powerful new allies. MORE
Senator Al Franken has a pretty good idea of what the term "net neutrality" means--and that, he says, puts him head-and-shoulders above many of his colleagues in the U.S. Congress.
"The idea of net neutrality is not to have the government 'regulate the internet,'" Franken said. "It's to keep the internet open, so that we still have the innovation and investment we've had in the past." MORE
The Wall Street Journal reports that the head of the [FCC] is revising the commission's [net neutrality proposal] in response to enormous public outcry.
The fact Wheeler is willing to change his mind...is good for supporters of net neutrality, but even inside the FCC, opinion is reportedly split on the approach to take. One FCC official reportedly described the situation as "a debacle," saying "we may not agree on the course, but we agree the road we're on is to disaster." MORE
[The] redrafted proposal will call for comment on the issue of reclassification, whether or not the paid prioritization deals should be banned entirely, as well as two proposed alternatives submitted by Mozilla and...senior FTC advisor Tim Wu.
[The] (heavily criticized) general approach with the ability to sell faster delivery for some web content will be the same, but according to an unnamed official, will include language to make sure the FCC would have to make sure any deal doesn't put nonpaying companies at an unfair disadvantage. MORE
D***it, @TomWheelerFCC, it's either neutral or it ISN'T. MORE