Is Net Neutrality Really Dead?

Lora Bentley

As much ink has been spilled covering the net neutrality debate and the Federal Communications Commission's proposed rules, I was surprised when the National Broadband Plan was released that we didn't hear more about how it addressed net neutrality.


But then I read - or thought I read - somewhere that the FCC had indicated net neutrality is an issue unto itself that would be addressed separately. After that, I didn't think about it much.


That is until Friday, when ZDNet Government blogger Doug Hanchard wrote that net neutrality is dead. He seems to think that because net neutrality is mentioned nowhere in the 360-page document, it is no longer an FCC priority. He writes:

Did the FCC kill it? Did industry lobby to keep it out of the report? Were the Commissioners divided on the issue? There are several possible answers. The answer is probably all three.

He goes on to suggest that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski simply wanted to avoid a turf war between the industry and Congress, with the commission in the middle, or that maybe the FCC did not want to get involved, given that the Internet is international in scope.


Several of those things might have led the FCC not to include net neutrality in the broadband plan, but I'm not sure I would say that net neutrality is dead. I'll keep watching for awhile, at least.

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