Wheeler will present a revised draft of controversial “net neutrality” rules to other commissioners as early as Monday. It would reportedly still permit paid-prioritization of Web content. But the new plan would attempt to explicitly warn Internet service providers such as Verizon and AT&T that they can’t unfairly put the content of Web companies that don’t pay for special treatment on a “slow lane.”
Senator Al Franken’s strong position against consolidation of the media market stems from his days as a writer and performer when he says he witnessed leaders of the major broadcast television markets manipulate Congress. Law professors, such as Tim Wu, consumer groups, and some legislators doubt the FCC can judge if an ISP is unfairly discriminating against Web content firms on the “case-by-case basis” Wheeler has promised.
Wireless carriers are already exempt from most net neutrality rules. The new draft will also seek comment on whether the FCC should reclassify broadband as a Title II common-carrier telecommunications service, and not an information service. AT&T claims that Title II reclassification would force giant changes in the peering and interconnection markets.
The FCC will hold an Open Meeting on Thursday, May 15, 2014, where the Open Internet Notice of Proposed Rulemaking may (or may not be) voted on