After Google stabbed the government in the back by advocating Verizon’s approach to wireless internet, it looks like the FCC is scheduling a meeting to discuss how it will be able to keep the internet free of corporate interference for consumers.
Unfortunately for net neutrality advocates, it looks like the FCC is once again pushing back the meeting which is making some people nervous.
On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission pushed back its December meeting by one week â€” from Dec. 15 to Dec. 21 â€” which means the agency doesnâ€™t have to publish the meeting agenda until next week. That means the public wonâ€™t know if new rules will be taken up or what form they will take until next week. […]
That means more uncertainty for both the public and the broadband industry over the governmentâ€™s plans to regulate the internet. Itâ€™s just the latest delay by the government on the issue of network neutrality, the principle that broadband companies should shouldnâ€™t block or degrade rival web content, services or applications. The delay also pushes the FCCâ€™s meeting to the week of Christmas, typically a slow news week. (Wired.com)
Ironically there are Â a few ISP’s (aka Internet Service Providers) who support the idea of net neutrality, although truth be told the FCC will have to convince congress (especially Republicans) on why greater government oversight is good for the internet (lest the party responds by defunding the agency).
Unfortunately for the FCC, they have an uphill battle convincing the public as well, especially in light of their sister agency’s attempt to regulate the political blogosphere (which not surprisingly backfired).
Although America needs to come up with a solution to ensure that everyone is treated equal on the internet without having to pay a premium tier fee, it might be wiser for the FCC to partner with companies instead, lest we hear another outcry of “government takeover” online.
Originally posted on November 24, 2010 @ 4:30 pm