Wheeler's Net Neutrality Proposal Brings Unfamiliar Disorder to FCC
NEWS ANALYSIS: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler's network neutrality proposal brings unfamiliar disorder to the rules-making process.The good news about the status of the proposal by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and his plans for allowing priority on the Internet is that it shows that he's paying attention to the backlash from pretty much everywhere. The bad news is that it still seems that he's rushing things. When I suggested that Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel was right in expressing concern about the short notice before the upcoming vote on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the Chairman's Open Internet plans, it wasn't clear how important that might be. But an announcement by the FCC that the chairman was now revising his Open Internet proposal to eliminate the so-called "Fast Lanes" for content providers and instead would allow them only for specific uses underscores the need to for the commission to take the time to study them before a vote. Since then, the commission has made it clear that the agenda for the May 15 meeting is unchanged, and that the vote on the NPRM will take place as scheduled. In the meantime, Wheeler has circulated his proposed changes to the rest of the commission.
If it looks like things at the FCC aren't progressing as they have in the past, you'd be right. This is the first time I can remember when the commissioners have aired their differences with the chairman publicly.