FCC's Rosenworcel Wants to Delay Net Neutrality Vote
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, of the Federal Communications Commission, today said she believes it would be best to delay the vote on Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed rules regarding net neutrality. Rosenworcel made her views public while speaking at the Chief Officers of State Libraries meeting in Washington, D.C. "[Wheeler's] proposal has unleashed a torrent of public response. Tens of thousands of e-mails, hundreds of calls, commentary all across the Internet. We need to respect that input and we need time for that input. So while I recognize the urgency to move ahead and develop rules with dispatch, I think the greater urgency comes in giving the American public opportunity to speak right now, before we head down this road." The FCC is prepared to vote on Wheeler's proposal, which makes room for an internet fast late of sorts, at its next meeting scheduled for May 15. "I think we should delay our consideration of his rules by a least a month," continued Rosenworcel. "I believe that rushing headlong into a rulemaking next week fails to respect the public response to his proposal. At a minimum, I think we need to recognize this is not business as usual." Technically, the public has only until tomorrow, May 8, to voice its opinion before the FCC enters what is called a Sunshine Period ahead of the vote. Rosenworcel believes the public deserves more time to make its voices heard and proposes that the Sunshine Period be extended in addition to delaying the actual vote. FCC Chairman Wheeler has not responded publicly to Rosenworcel's comments.
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