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FCC Seeks More Input on Wireless Internet Rules

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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski

"As we've seen, the issues are complex, and the details matter," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement.

Credit: Joshua Roberts / Bloomberg News

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently asked for more feedback regarding whether regulations should apply to wireless Internet service, continuing months of research on the subject. The FCC also is asking for input about special services that offer to prioritize certain digital content for a fee. The agency's decision to seek more information during the next 55 days effectively puts any FCC action on hold until after Congressional elections in November.

Many public advocacy organizations have criticized the FCC's plan, accusing the agency of trying to avoid a difficult decision. "I think it has the appearance of the FCC kicking the can down the road," says Free Press research director Derek Turner. FCC officials say the delay is designed to avoid future delays by ensuring that the agency follows federal rule-making procedures.

"As we've seen, the issues are complex, and the details matter," says FCC chairman Julius Genachowski. "Even a proposal for enforceable rules can be flawed in its specifics and risk undermining the fundamental goal of preserving an open Internet."

From The New York Times
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