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November 29, 2010 / Matt Gerardi

FCC Postpones Meeting, Speculation of Net Neutrality Vote Begins to Swirl

The FCC recently postponed its December 2 meeting until December 21. This move has some analysts speculating that the Commission is taking its time and making sure it has the proper votes lined up when the issue of net neutrality is finally voted on. (Information Week)

The issue seems to have become a politically polarized one, with Democrats siding with net neutrality and Republicans against it, claiming it is an unnecessary expansion of the government’s powers and the Internet industry should remain unregulated.

The telecom companies are of course against the idea, arguing that government mandated net neutrality would hold back growth and innovation.  In an effort to defeat any measures the FCC may bring up, the giants of the industry, AT&T and Verizon, are stepping up their lobbying even further. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson contacted the FCC chairman, Julius Genachowski, personally, urging him not to “adopt regulations that lack sensitivity to the dynamics of investment in a difficult economy, or to the capabilities and challenges inherent in different broadband technologies.” (Washington Post)

If the FCC votes on a net neutrality proposal and successfully passes one it is not likely to stand for very long. Opponents of the ruling will likely take it to court where net neutrality has already been decided against in a case involving Comcast in the Court of Appeals of Washington.

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  1. Lew / Dec 1 2010 2:14 pm

    Excellent post. This reminds me of the federal healthcare bill – after a huge struggle to get it passed, Republicans threatened to bring it to court, based on questionable Constitutionality.

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