Net Neutrality Rules Now on the Books

Lora Bentley

Well, I guess Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., is outraged. As I wrapped up my previous post, MSNBC.com issued a breaking news alert: The Federal Communications Commission adopted net neutrality rules in a vote of 3 to 2.

 

The vote split along party lines, as was expected. The Republicans on the commission argued the rules amounted to unnecessary regulation, but FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said he was proud of the commission's hard work on the issue and of the end result. "For the first time, we'll have enforceable rules of the road to preserve Internet freedom and openness," he said.

 

Moreover, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn noted the commission will be launching an Open Internet Advisory Committee, which will "assess and report" new developments in the mobile broadband market and "closely observe" the impact created by different sets of rules for fixed and mobile broadband providers.

 

As I mentioned earlier, the FCC rules are in for tough criticism, if not outright opposition, when Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in the next session of Congress.



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