Originally published: May 4, 2011
Last updated: May 4, 2011 - 8:25pm
Rep Maxine Waters (D-CA) took aim at the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality rules in a speech to a Computer and Communications Industry Association meeting in Washington.
An early supporter of the net-neutrality rule initiative, she was less sanguine on the resulting compromise rules. The FCC's new network-neutrality rules are insufficient and could harm consumers, she told the group, opining about the resulting rules arrived under "the immense pressure exerted on the FCC from industry stakeholders and some Members of Congress." The rules, approved in December but which will not go into effect for several more months, were the product of negotiations with industry stakeholders and a stand-down from initial proposals by the chairman to classify Internet access under some Title II common carrier regulations. Among the compromises was applying only some of the regulations -- transparency and non-blocking -- to wireless broadband. The FCC said there are legitimate network management and architecture differences that justified the disparate treatment, but Rep Waters was, and is, not convinced.
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