The other side: Net neutrality compromise skewered

A potential net neutrality compromise between service providers and the FCC is being skewered by the free Internet community which sees any deal between the two sides as political and, at least to the most pessimistic, inevitable.

"Everyone should have seen this coming," the blog TechDirt said. "Network Fight for network neutrality and understanding how the political process works are two different things--and it's been obvious for years that any attempt to enshrine net neutrality in the law would almost certainly be twisted by telco lobbyists."

Multiple reports have suggested that the two sides--service providers and federal officials--have been meeting behind closed doors in an effort to develop a solution that would be palatable to all and, more importantly, let the FCC save face and perhaps get some oversight on the broadband Internet. The FCC, for its part, said there was nothing improper about the meetings, which were fully disclosed.

Still, Gigi Sohn, president of Washington-based advocacy group Public Knowledge told Bloomberg BusinessWeek, "these kinds of meetings where the substance isn't being realized go against the chairman's (Julius Genachowski) promise of an open, transparent and inclusive agency."

For more:
- see this story
- and this story

Related articles:
AT&T, Verizon join Google in net neutrality group
FCC seeking net neutrality compromise
Net neutrality compromise reportedly on tap

Suggested Articles

Charter Communications said it will add five “Latino targeted TV networks” to its Spectrum TV lineup.

Among pay TV subscribers and broadband-only subscribers, YouTube and Netflix were among the favorite services featured in makeshift video bundles.

Charter argues that the data caps rules were imposed so that Charter wouldn’t hurt OTT video players by limiting their traffic on its network.