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FCC tweaking controversial net neutrality proposal ahead of meeting

A tidbit from my ink 'n paper story (remember those?) today worth sharing:

The two most controversial parts of the net neutrality proposal -- defining what is reasonable network management and how managed services fit under the rules -- is being reworded each day ahead of the vote Thursday on a proposal for net neutrality rules.

An official at the FCC told me that most of the tweaking is to clarify any confusion and that much of the proposal will be in the form of questions, not conclusions.

A draft of the proposal continues to be tweaked ahead of the vote Thursday, adjusting language to clarify the agency's approach to "reasonable network management," an FCC official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Monday.

That section of the proposed rules is being closely watched by telecommunications carriers, particularly wireless network operators, who say they need flexibility to manage traffic to avoid data bottlenecks.

The official said the rule-making proposal will include questions intended to draw comments from the public and companies. For instance, commissioners are reworking questions about how carriers will deal with managed services such as telemedicine applications or premium video services over shared broadband facilities, and whether such offerings should fall under new rules.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 20, 2009; 8:35 AM ET
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Cecilia's "ink 'n paper" story is biased reporting which violates the basic tenets of journalistic ethics. It quotes proponents of regulation, but not those who would be harmed by it.

Could this be related to the fact that Google's logo appears twice on this page? Or that it contains ads for the "Open Internet Coalition," which is funded by Google? (Normally, to place advertising related to an issue on the same page as reporting on that topic is considered to be a breach of ethics.) Or that the ads themselves are served up by Google and constitute the overwhelming majority of the revenue generated by this page? (By the way, I do not see any disclosure of this fact, as required by the FTC.)

Posted by: squirma | October 22, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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