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.
Second FCC Commish Seeks to Delay Net Neutrality Vote
Commissioner Ajit Pai has joined Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel in suggesting that the Federal Communications Commission delay its scheduled vote regarding net neutrality. Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal has generated a firestorm of backlash from around the web, but is slated for a vote May 15.
FCC's Ajit Pai Wants Net Neutrality Vote Delayed
FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Mike O'Reilly, both Republicans, today asked the FCC to delay its planned vote on net neutrality rules. The FCC is widely expected to vote on the proposed rules at its open meeting scheduled for Feb.
FCC Moves Forward with Controversial Net Neutrality Plan
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 today in favor of advancing Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed net neutrality rules. The rules will allow for the creation of an internet fast lane by permitting broadband providers to charge content creators for prioritized traffic.
Internet Corps Push FCC to Keep the Internet Open
A collective of 150 technology companies, including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo, today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission pleading with the agency to reconsider its current net neutrality proposal. As proposed, the agency would permit what amounts to fast lanes for companies that pay broadband companies extra fees.
FCC Officially Approves New Net Neutrality Regulations
The FCC today voted 3-2 along party lines to implement new regulations over broadband services. The rules seek to reclassify broadband services as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which will put them under stricter government oversight.