FCC Passes (Sort Of) Net Neutrality Order
by Perry Michael Simon on December 21, 2010
It’s official: By a 3-2 vote, the FCC has passed its Net Neutrality order.
I’m not going to go through the pros and cons of the regulation here, because if you’re reading a website called “Nerdist,” chances are you know them already. Let it suffice to say that this is a mixed bag no matter what side of the debate you’re on, and, from the exclusion of wireless/mobile networks — yes, the Internet on wireless will potentially be different from what you get at home — to whether the FCC even has the legal authority to regulate the Internet (and what it could do with that authority regarding content if so), there’s something in here to get everyone shouting. Net neutrality proponents think it’s too light and worry about the mobile/wireless part; conservatives and free-market people feel it’ll kill off innovation and investment in the infrastructure and represents a regulatory power grab. Expect this one to head directly to the courtroom.
Step forward? Step back? Use the comments to sound off, but be nice, okay?