FCC's Pai, O'Rielly Call For Release Of Internet Regulation Plan To Public, Delay In Vote
February 23, 2015 at 4:55 PM (PT)
FCC Commissioners AJIT PAI and MIKE O'RIELLY are calling for a delay in voting on Chairman TOM WHEELER's Open Internet proposal and are asking that the Commission release the plan to the public before a vote is taken.
In a statement released TODAY (2/23), PAI and O'RIELLY said that the plan, which would regulate the Internet under a modified Title II structure and runs 332 pages, should be released to allow the public at least 30 days to review it and offer input. "With the future of the entire Internet at stake, it is imperative that the FCC get this right. And to do that, we must live up to the highest standards of transparency. Transparency is particularly important here because the plan in front of us right now is so drastically different than the proposal the FCC adopted and put out for public comment last MAY.
"Over the past few weeks, it has become clear that the American people are growing increasingly concerned about government regulation of the Internet and that they want the Commission to disclose the plan. Indeed, an independent survey last week found that 79% of Americans favored releasing the plan prior to any FCC vote. Transparency and good process shouldn’t be a partisan issue."