The FCC will be voting on Net Neutrality today. Chairman Genachowsi has written proposed Net Neutrality Rules, but Net Neutrality fans seem they are too weak – or in the case of a recent editorial by Senator Al Franken, they are worse that nothing.
There are concerns because the rules do not reclassify broadband as a regulated, common-carrier service and concerns about the impact on wireless services. ComputerWorld does a nice job with a Reader’s Digest of the rules:
Genachowski’s proposal would prohibit broadband providers from blocking customer access to legal Web content. If approved, the FCC would also require providers to disclose their network management practices to customers.
The proposal would bar wireline-based broadband providers from “unreasonable discrimination” against Web traffic, but it would not impose that same rule on mobile broadband providers.
I just wonder if the new rules will help us meet the National Broadband goals – especially the vision of the US leading the world in mobile innovation.