After U.S. President Barack Obama announced his support for net neutrality and called for the FCC to implement Title II reclassification of both broadband and wireless companies, the FCC has decided to delay the ruling until 2015.
This is not the first delay to the FCC net neutrality ruling, the first coming after the overwhelming response of U.S. citizens to the proposed bill put forward by the FCC, allowing fast-lanes and other anti-consumer plans to go forward.
The new “hybrid” plan looked to be a good mid-way option for both pro-net neutrality consumers and broadband companies, but the overwhelming response has once again been negative, after public advocacy groups found holes in the leaked proposal.
FCC will reportedly go back to the drawing board to pull up a new plan for 2015. It looks like Tom Wheeler is interested in pushing more for a pro-consumer argument in the next proposal.
“The more deeply we examined the issues around the various legal options, the more it has become plain that there is more work to do,” said Wheeler, “The reclassification and hybrid approaches before us raise substantive legal questions.”
Hopefully, for consumers, this means the FCC will take a serious look at Title II reclassification for the broadband companies. It is the only way, according to many public advocacy groups, to maintain competitive push in the market.
Common carrier laws would also make broadband companies incapable of treating rival services differently and charging more to connect the network to consumers, something AT&T and Verizon have been doing with Netflix.
President Obama still has a big say in what rules go into effect, and Chairman Tom Wheeler might have changed his mind on the ruling, after the President decided to support net neutrality head on.
We should expect the new proposal in early 2015. Tom Wheeler will not be attending any conferences in the meantime, after declining to appear at several in November and December.