FCC to Vote On Net Neutrality in February
The FCC plans to vote on rules regarding net neutrality in February. The FCC expects to circulate a final proposal of the rules in the early part of the month and vote on them during its scheduled February 26 open meeting. The FCC has been considering how best to craft the laws around broadband and internet regulation for some time. The agency defined net neutrality rules that were put in place in late 2011. Those were ultimately stricken after the FCC lost a lawsuit to Verizon Wireless in January 2014. The FCC has been forging its new proposal since early 2014. At the heart of the matter is whether or not the FCC will define broadband as a utility, as requested by President Obama, which would give the government much greater oversight of the industry. Broadband providers are fighting such a change.
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.
Republicans to Battle FCC Broadband Plan
Republicans contend the FCC's proposed net neutrality rules are evidence that the White House has taken control of the agency and must be stopped. "The president gave a speech demanding that the FCC seize control of the Internet and treat it as a government-regulated utility," said Senator Ted Cruz, referring to President Barack Obama's November statement.
Republicans Likely to Fight Net Neutrality Rules
The FCC plans to vote on its proposed net neutrality rules on Feb. 26, but members of the Republican party have signaled their intent to fight the new measures.
FCC Releases Open Internet Rules
The FCC today made available to the public all the documentation regarding its proposed net neutrality regulations. The FCC approved the rules in a 3-2 vote in late February.
Of course they are. They like having it both ways.