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The FCC Hasn’t Decided How It Will Enforce Net Neutrality | TechCrunch

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This morning the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) indicated in a blog post that
it is “reviewing” a number of legal methods
concerning how to enforce new net neutrality
rules.

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The implication is plain: No choice has been
made. The FCC claims that it is “looking ahead”
to more round tables that could help shed light
on which method is best. The agency noted
several proposals, including AOL’s (AOL owns
TechCrunch, hi boss! ), the Tim Wu proposal,
and Mozilla’s ideas.
I’ve been asking around the past week to try
to turn up information on which direction the
FCC is leaning, be it 706, Title II, or a blend of
the two. I’ve gotten back a tidal wave of shrugs.
Now we know why: No one knows what the FCC
wants to do, because the FCC doesn’t know
what the FCC wants to do.
I am not saying that the FCC is late or anything
like that. It’s instead merely important to note
that in the immediate wake of the public
comment period, the agency is still in fact-
finding mode.
Here’s the government group’s dismount:
A cross-bureau group of staff are reviewing
these options as well as others in the
record. The robust discussion will continue
in the weeks ahead, including in our last
Open Internet Roundtable on October 7
that will specifically focus on theories of
legal authority and the legal basis for the
construction of Open Internet rules.
A quick decision this will not be.
Thinking positively, that fact might help the FCC
make the proper choice. Or, it could allow time
for the FCC to talk itself into a weaker set of
regulations.
In related news, the National Journal recently
published a article arguing that the current split
of opinion among the FCC’s commissioners
could lead to a stronger final net neutrality
result. In short, because the two Republican
commissioners are steadfastly opposed to net
neutrality as a concept, Chairman Wheeler has
to win the votes of the two Democratic
commissioners or he can’t pass the damn thing.
If net neutrality passes, it will be on a 3-2 vote.
This gives the two Democratic commissioners
leverage over Wheeler. If you are philosophically
aligned with sterner regulations on the matter,
smile.

Written by: Alex Wilhelm for Tech Crunch.

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