Interesting? Confusing? Par for the course? Whatever you decide to call it, the results are the same.
After reports Tuesday that Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski was leaning toward leaving broadband services largely deregulated, The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the agency is expected to announce new regulations for broadband service providers this week.
The announcement follows the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that the FCC does not have authority under Title I of the Communications Act to tell Comcast (and by extension, other broadband providers) how to manage the traffic on their networks. The decision brought into question not only the commission's proposed net neutrality rules but also portions of its highly publicized National Broadband Plan.
If the reports are accurate, it seems the FCC has heard the cries of those who did not want it to leave broadband providers without any restrictions. What exactly those restrictions will look like remains to be seen.
Perhaps the agency paid more attention to Microsoft's last-minute comments on the proposed net neutrality rules than some thought it would.