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FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality Rules in February

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The road to Net Neutrality.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on new net neutrality regulations during its meeting next month.

Credit: Computerworld

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday announced it will hold a vote on new net neutrality rules during its upcoming February meeting. FCC spokesperson Kim Hart says chairman Tom Wheeler will bring the new rules to a vote at the FCC's Feb. 26 meeting.

However, it remains unclear what form the new rules will take.

There has been intense debate over how the FCC should proceed on net neutrality after a U.S. appeals court last year threw out large parts of the net neutrality rules the agency adopted in late 2010. Since the FCC reopened the issue it has received nearly 4 million public comments, many of which urge the agency to reclassify broadband Internet as a regulated public utility, or common carrier; this is the option favored by President Obama, who called on the FCC to classify broadband as a common carrier in November.

However, Wheeler reportedly favors a so-called "hybrid" model, which would classify back-end broadband infrastructure as a common carrier but leave retail broadband access lightly regulated.

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