WASHINGTON, December 29, 2009 – Andrew Schwartzman, president and CEO of the Media Access Project, expects the Federal Communications Commission will issue rules to regulate internet access to support Net neutrality or open internet principles by the end of the third quarter of 2010. For more on Schwartzman’s expectations on the legislative and Net neutrality fronts read the Q&A below:
Broadband Census News: What will happen on the Net neutrality front in 2010?
Schwartzman: I think the FCC is on track to issue net neutrality rules by the end of the third quarter, but certainly by the end of the year. The real uncertainty is how strong the rules will be. I hope I am right in guessing that the Commission will prove willing to take a pretty hard line on the tough issues, especially defining "reasonable network management." I am less clear on how big a loophole it will leave in the area of private networks. The biggest unknown is how strong a line it will take on applying the rules to wireless; my guess is that it will be fairly stringent.
Broadband Census News: What legislation on the broadband front to you expect to see in 2010?
Schwartzman: A broadband survey bill will probably pass in 2010. That is the only major legislation to expect.
Broadband Census News: What else should we be paying attention to in the New Year?
Schwartzman: The one major thing not covered in your questions is the Comcast BitTorrent litigation. If Comcast wins, everything is up in the air, and legislation will surely be introduced to deal with the question. Because of timing, passage is unlikely until 2011. However, my guess is that the case will be decided in favor of the FCC, perhaps on a narrow basis which will leave the question of the FCC's authority somewhat in doubt.
- Broadband Roundup: More on the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, 5G National Advocacy, and Policy Hackers
- Panelists on NTIA Broadband Webinar Say Smart Buildings Boost Civic Resiliency and Public Health
- Dynamic Spectrum Sharing Subject of Debate at Senate Commerce Committee Hearing on the Future
- FTC Settlement with YouTube Has Creators Upset and Worried About FTC Approach to Children’s Privacy
- Government Needs to Step Up and Regulate AI Algorithms, Argue Authors at Brookings Institution
Signup for Broadband Breakfast
China2 months ago
Prakash Sangam: China’s Huawei Clones Are Greater Threat to National Security than Huawei
Open Access3 weeks ago
UTOPIA Fiber: A Model Open-Access Network
Broadband's Impact3 months ago
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Praises Agency’s Work in Promoting High-Speed Internet at ‘Broadband Heros’ Event
Open Access2 months ago
UTOPIA Fiber Announces Partnerships with Morgan, Utah, Idaho Falls, and Other Cities
Broadband Mapping & Data3 months ago
Broadband Data From Providers Needs to be Checked With Data From Users, Say Panelists at Mapping Event
FCC2 months ago
As Next Year’s C-Band Auction Looms, FCC Officials Reflect on Innovation in Spectrum Auctions
Education2 months ago
State Educational Technology Officials Say Better Broadband Necessary for Pedagogy and Equity
House of Representatives3 months ago
C-Band Hearing Showcases Divisions Over Auctions, Uses of Radio Frequencies