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Posted at 1:26 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010

FCC's Clyburn optimistic about net neutrality consensus

By Cecilia Kang

Federal Communications Commission member Mignon Clyburn said Thursday she hopes to reach a consensus on a draft proposal for net neutrality rules, but is closely scrutinizing the proposals for wireless networks.

"So, do we have a consensus item in front of us? I think we are pretty close," Clyburn, a Democratic commissioner, said during a Practicing Law Institute's Telecommunications Policy & Regulation Institute Conference in Washington D.C. "But my focus over
the coming days will be to ensure that we are thinking through the implications of the wireless piece of the item. While I recognize that there are distinctions between wired and wireless networks, I think it is essential that our wireless networks—those of the present and future—grow in an open way just as our wired ones have."

Clyburn's comments come amid intense speculation on whether she and Democratic Commissioner Michael J. Copps will give FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski enough votes to pass his proposal on how broadband companies operate their networks. Copps has been skeptical of any rules that don't apply equally to wireless networks and has stressed the need to redefine broadband as a telecommunications service as the agency pursues net neutrality rules. But he has also indicated his desire to work with the other four commissioners on a compromise.

"At the end of the day for me, this is about consumers," Clyburn said. "Their access to an open Internet must be protected, because I believe that currently, there are no clear, enforceable rules."

By Cecilia Kang  | December 9, 2010; 1:26 PM ET
Categories:  FCC, Net Neutrality  
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congressman clyburn's daughter is about as qualified to be an fcc commissioner as general powell's son was. it seems politicos wire jobs not just for spouses but for their kids as well-while claiming to be anti-government and not career politicians.

Posted by: george32 | December 9, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Yet again, Cecilia Kang - Google's Reporter and Lobbyist at The Post - publishes a one sided story expressing only views which are consistent with Google's corporate agenda and including no dissenting opinions. Where are the voices of Commissioner Robert McDowell? Of Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker? They have the same number of votes as Clyburn and Copps. However, the latter two commissioners are likely to vote against the regulations which were drafted by Google to boost its bottom line at the expense of consumers, so of course Ms. Kang does not report their views or in fact mention any arguments in opposition to the proposed attempt to regulate the Internet.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | December 9, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

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