neutrality is a topic that raises some serious support from both
sides of the table. The cable and phone companies that provide the
majority of the nation's broadband connectivity don’t want the FCC
to impose rules and regulation on the industry. At the same time,
many consumers want the FCC to step in and force the broadband
providers and wireless carriers to treat all traffic equally rather
than forcing slower speeds for things like video streaming.The
FCC had previously postponed
any rulings on net neutrality until after the November
elections were completed. Now that the elections are over, the FCC is
again moving to make a decision on net neutrality. The FCC is
considering web traffic rules for a meeting set for December reports
meeting was set for December 15, but that meeting has now been
until December 20. The delay of the meeting is to give the FCC
more time to set its agenda. Agendas for meetings are typically
released three weeks before a meeting is held. The FCC has not
confirmed that net neutrality will be the topic of its December
meeting.Analyst Jeffery Silva said, "The signals out
there seem to be they are in fact contemplating a vote in December."
He continued, "The situation's very fluid at the present time,
and I think they're carefully considering the message they've
received from Capitol Hill and trying to figure out their next
step."One of the core issues that the FCC is considering
is the reclassification of internet services under the same umbrella
as telephone service. The reclassification of broadband services in
that manner would give the FCC a better legal footing for forcing
broadband providers to follow its rules. The FCC's legal authority
over the broadband and wireless industries has been questioned in
that an analyst from Stifel Nicolaus stated in a research note the
FCC is likely to skip reclassification in favor of a net neutrality
bill that was developed by House Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman back
in September. The legislation is a draft right now and had
support from industry providers but was unable to move forward in the
House.Analysts expect that any rules adopted for the industry
would treat wireless broadband differently. The expectation is that
the wireless providers would be allowed to put more focus on voice
calls over video and other services using their network.
quote: If this crap couldn't pass the house and senate why are they trying to do it via the FCC?
quote: If an ISP has a local monopoly (e.g. sole cable or DSL provider for an area), I have no problems with the FCC imposing net neutrality on them. For areas where there is competition, I'm ok with not having net neutrality.
quote: Well, I certainly don't trust the FCC to handle this situation effectively. After all, they put themselves into this position of non-authority by deciding not to regulate "information services" during the Computer Inquiries in the 80s. What they're trying to do now is a complete 180 degree reversal from back then.