FCC Plans 'Net Neutrality' Vote In February
WSJ: Republicans Plan To Block The Move
January 5, 2015 at 3:39 AM (PT)
The new year kicks off with a scheduled voted just one month away by "federal regulators who intend to place restrictions on how Internet providers manage their Web traffic," reports CNET. An FCC spokesperson said Chairman TOM WHEELER will introduce regulations in FEBRUARY at a scheduled meeting on the 26th.
Net neutrality is at the center of the proposal -- offering the belief that all online traffic should be handled the same by Internet-access providers, with no sites or services being given preferential treatment.
CNET notes, "Net-access providers have argued, among other things, that high-bandwidth services like video-streaming sites should pay proportionately for the chunk of the network they're using, and that without the ability to charge fees for faster connection speeds, the providers will have no incentive to invest in quicker networks. Internet infrastructure companies such as INTEL, QUALCOMM, IBM and CISCO have argued that more severe restrictions on access providers would hinder current broadband efforts and result in the loss of up to $45.4 billion in investments over the next five years."
Republicans Plan To Block
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL reports, "newly fortified Republicans in Congress are considering a number of ways to stymie the OBAMA administration’s planned regulations on broadband Internet providers in 2015, making Capitol Hill a new front in the fight over 'net neutrality'.”
The paper explains, "Many conservatives and the broadband industry say utility-like regulation is a step too far, arguing it will stifle innovation in the industry. That view is held by some pivotal players in the new Congress, such as JOHN THUNE (R., SD), the incoming chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee."