THE UNITED STATES FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (FCC) has voted to delay adopting a policy on net neutrality for 120 days.
In a heated debate that saw several protests including one observer physically removed from the chamber, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler announced that there will be a 120 day consultation and response period – an indecisive result that came as a shock to many.
The commission will listen to arguments for and against the adoption of either Section 706 of the Open Internet Act of 2010, which promotes competition among internet service providers (ISPs), or their reclassification under Title II of the Telecommunications Act of 1934 as “telecommunications services”.(Crooks & Liars via. The Inquirer)
I’m of two minds here on the FCC’s decision…on the one hand, at least they’re making a decision; on the other hand, given the prevailing rules at present, the clear winners will be the major telecoms’ who’d love to resurrect the days of Ma Bell and her insidious communications monopoly.