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FCC Planning Net Neutrality Rule Vote Dec. 21

Net neutrality is often called the third rail of technology policy. And with good reason -- few issues in the Internet sector stoke more heated passions or dire rhetoric. Is it any wonder then that compromise has been elusive?

But that's what Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is hoping to achieve at the agency's next meeting, scheduled for Dec. 21.

On Wednesday, Genachowski announced that the FCC would vote on a set of net neutrality rules that would attempt to impose nondiscrimination obligations on service providers under the current legal framework, stopping short of the more controversial proposal to reclassify broadband service under a more stringent regulatory regime. Datamation takes a look.


More than a year after first announcing plans to develop binding rules aimed at protecting the free flow of services and applications over the Internet, the head of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday said he will bring a net neutrality order to a vote when the agency meets later this month.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski billed the proposal as a compromise, saying the rules would afford service providers sufficient flexibility to manage their networks and root out unlawful or malicious traffic, while barring them from blocking legitimate content.

Read the full story at Datamation:
FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality Rules This Month