FCC has been working hard to hammer out a set of rules by which the
internet will operate moving into the future. At stake is exactly how
ISPs will be allowed to manage the traffic on their networks. Many
consumer advocacy firms want ISPs to treat all traffic the same way
while major carriers like AT&T and Verizon say they have to be
able to regulate traffic as they see fit.With elections
coming in November, the FCC is delaying
setting any rules or guidelines for internet traffic in
stone reports Reuters.
The FCC has been asking for comments by the public and major ISPs,
internet businesses, and wireless carriers on how they think traffic
on the web should be handled. Predictably, the rule making is slow
going with companies at odds with how they think things should be
handled online.The FCC has hosted many talks with companies
like Verizon, AT&T, and Google but so far no set plans have come
from those meetings. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has
delayed making a decision on how or if the internet will be regulated
and is seeking an additional 55-day period of public comment. Reuters
quotes Genachowski stating, "We have made progress over the last
year -- but we still have work to do."Analysts don't
expect the FCC to make any proposals for regulation in its September
23 meeting nor are any drafts expected at the October meeting of the
FCC. Analyst Rebecca Arbogast from Nicolaus Stifel said, "The
chairman could cite progress in the industry talks as grounds for
delaying circulating a draft order, and postpone a decision until
after the election."Genachowski will have to deal with
from Google and Verizon to allow neutrality to be used on
the wired web but to allow wireless carriers to control their
traffic. The draft also suggested a dual tier plan where sites like
Google could pay carriers for faster access.
wasn't onboard with the draft of the Google/Verizon pact and
continues to seek input while AT&T
has voiced its support for the framework.
quote: (read what public wants = politics).
quote: Politics = what the vocal minority wants
quote: Politics, as flawed as they are, are the people's voice.
quote: They don't want it to be know that they are siding with the big telecoms