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FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski

"The FCC should codify a fair and common-sense framework to preserve an open Internet," says FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski.

Credit: Federal Communications Commission

Despite recent moves by several wireless companies to open their networks, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski says that more rules are needed to require them to provide equal access to the Internet. "I believe it will be essential to ensure that the Internet remains open — a vibrant platform for innovation and investment, creativity and speech, an enduring engine for job creation and economic growth," Genachowski says. "That is why I said two weeks ago that the FCC should codify a fair and common-sense framework to preserve an open Internet. And later this month, I expect that the FCC will begin an open proceeding to explore how best to do so."

Genachowski says the FCC's goals include finding more spectrum for wireless networks, which could be derived from Wi-Fi. AT&T and Verizon representatives have said in the past that wireless networks cannot be as unlimited as wired broadband networks because of issues with Internet traffic. Genachowski says the FCC will take into account that wireless networks operate differently. "I also recognize that the wireless industry has its own market structure and competitive landscape, which of course we'll analyze in our proceeding," he says.

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