• FCC Seeks Additional Comment on Open Internet Issues
  • September 9, 2010
  • Law Firm: - Office
  • Late yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission released a public notice requesting further comment on two issues involved in its Open Internet proceeding, in which the FCC is considering network neutrality rules that would apply to broadband Internet access providers. Noting a growing consensus (described as “narrowed disagreement”) on many of its proposals, the FCC asked for input on two more controversial issues: specialized services provided to customers over the same last-mile facilities as broadband Internet access and the extent to which the proposed rules should apply to mobile wireless platforms. Comments and reply comments on the public notice will be due 30 and 55 days, respectively, after the notice is published in the Federal Register. In practical terms, this means that the FCC cannot act on the Open Internet proceeding until at least December. The public notice is available on the FCC’s web site at http://www.fcc.gov/Daily&under;Releases/Daily&under;Business/2010/db0901/DA-10-1667A1.pdf and Chairman Genachowski’s statement on the public notice is at http://www.fcc.gov/Daily&under;Releases/Daily&under;Business/2010/db0901/DOC-301262A1.pdf.