FCC to take up bill shock, attempts to ad mobile services to phone fund at October meeting
Net neutrality won't be on the agenda at the Federal Communication Commission's meeting in October as it continues to gather comments by the public on the contentious issue. Until Nov. 4, the agency is taking more feedback on how rules should apply to wireless networks and how network operators could possibly charge for premium delivery of content on their networks.
Meanwhile, talks continue on the Hill, led by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) on a narrow bill that would allow the agency to enforce existing guidelines on net neutrality. The talks, which are have been stuck with little time remaining to get a bill out before the end of session, look unlikely to produce a bill that would get consensus from telecom and cable companies, Internet content firms, and public interest groups. And it would be difficult to get that bill through the Senate, analysts said.
What's up for the next FCC meeting Oct. 14:
-BILL SHOCK: A notice for comments on rules that would require mobile carriers to provide usage alerts and related information to consumers.
·MOBILITY FUND: A notice for comments on rules that would allow a federal phone subsidy to use some of its funds for mobile broadband services in areas where 3G networks aren't available.
·CABLECARD: A third order that reconsiders changes to the FCC's CableCard rules to improve the navigational experience of cable boxes and create more competition among set top box makers.
| September 23, 2010; 4:12 PM ET
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