FCC Chairman to Reword Net Neutrality Proposal
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is prepared to alter the language in his proposed rules regarding net neutrality. As written, the rules would allow broadband providers to collect tolls for internet fast lanes. Opponents argue the idea, called paid prioritization, would by default create slow lanes composed of non-prioritized traffic. According to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal, Wheeler aims to make it clearer in his proposal that the FCC will heavily examine any paid prioritization agreements to make sure they don't create an unfair disadvantage for non-paying companies. Further, the Journal's sources indicate Wheeler will seek comment on whether or not the paid prioritization agreements should be allowed at all, as well as examine if major broadband providers should be required to offer similar terms to any company seeking paid prioritization. Wheeler will also seek comment on whether or not the internet should be regulated as a utility. It's unclear if Wheeler's new verbiage will pacify those who've railed against the proposal. For the moment, the FCC is still scheduled to vote on the rules May 15.
Jan 23, 2017
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai today said President Donald Trump has selected him to serve as the FCC's 34th Chairman. "I am deeply grateful to the President of the United States," said Pai in a statement posted to his Twitter account.
May 18, 2017
The FCC today voted down party lines to begin the process of undoing the Title II designation that governs net neutrality. "The FCC is proposing to return to a regulatory framework that preserved a free and open internet for almost 20 years," said the agency on its Twitter feed.
Dec 15, 2016
Tom Wheeler, who has served as Chairman of the FCC for the past three years, announced plans to step down in January. "Serving as FCC Chairman during this period of historic technological change has been the greatest honor of my professional life," said Wheeler in a statement.
Jan 18, 2017
The FCC today said the close of the fourth stage will mark the end of bidding in the auction for 600 MHz airwaves. The auction has been in progress since last May and worked its way through several stages.
Mar 7, 2017
President Donald Trump today renominated Ajit Pai to the Federal Communications Commission. Pai has been running the agency since the January departure of former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, even though Pai's official tenure at the FCC ended in the middle of 2016.