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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 12/13/2010

Net neutrality lobbying to peak this week

By Cecilia Kang

Expect lobbying around net neutrality to reach fever pitch through Tuesday. After that, the Federal Communications Commission will go into its bunker to deliberate a draft of rules that will be voted on Dec. 21.

One group, Free Press, plans to let the FCC know that it doesn't like what it has heard so far. The public interest group will deliver a petition to the agency, with 2 million signatures, saying draft rules that don't regulate wireless networks with anti-discrimination provisions do not go far enough. The petition also will call for stronger rules that prohibit network operators from offering paid prioritization of some services that could effectively make the delivery of other Web sites worse. Free Press and dozens of other media reform and consumer advocacy groups jointly sent a letter along these lines last week.

AT&T executive vice president Jim Cicconi continued to make his rounds at the FCC last week, meeting with Chairman Jules Genachowski's staff and Republican commissioners Robert McDowell and Meredith Attwell Baker. Cicconi stressed that any rules approved by the commission shouldn't go beyond legislative proposals offered earlier this year that keep wireless networks largely free of regulation. AT&T has been among the most active companies lobbying on the issue in recent weeks.

The Open Internet Coalition, a group that represents some public interest groups along with Silicon Valley giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, plans to send a letter Monday to Genachowski saying it won't support the rules as they reportedly stand. The OIC wants clear definitions on what a broadband service provider is; equal rules applied to wireless networks; and a legal presumption that paid prioritization won't be allowed.

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By Cecilia Kang  | December 13, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  AT&T, Comcast, FCC, Net Neutrality  
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Cecilia, where' the reporting on why only the special interests like Free Press, OIC and Public Knowledge but the rest of us haven't?

I have blogged on the furtive situation here:

Posted by: MikeWendy | December 13, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Sign the petition to "FOIA" Public Knowledge, Free Press and OIC to see the FCC's hidden Net Neutrality order:“foia”-petition-to-digital-“consumer-rights”-groups-to-see-fcc’s-hidden-net-neutrality-order/

Posted by: MikeWendy | December 13, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Cecilia Kang, Google's Reporter and Lobbyist at The Post, mentions several groups which are lobbying for even more onerous regulation of the Internet but only one entity - AT&T - which is opposed to it. She appears to be attempting to create the false impression that there is little opposition to destructive, costly regulation of the Net. She also fails to note that the DC lobbying outfit Free Press, like Cecilia herself, lobbies for Google's regulatory agenda. When will the Post dismiss Kang and let her move on to the job at Google for which she is obviously "paying forward?"

Posted by: LBrettGlass | December 13, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

"Cecilia, where' the reporting on why only the special interests like Free Press, OIC and Public Knowledge but the rest of us haven't?"

Mike, with such lucid, cogent thought like that rumbling over in the pro-telecom barracks, why would anyone give net neutrality even a passing glance?

Other than the fact that they've graduated 3rd grade.

Posted by: rmcdowell10 | December 14, 2010 3:13 AM | Report abuse

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