Julius Genachowski's 3rd way to an open internet on the FCC agenda


Once again, it’ll be all broadband all the time at the next FCC Open Meeting, on the calendar for Thursday 6/17/10 at 10:30 AM eastern time. The commissioners will be considering “possible legal frameworks for broadband Internet services in order to promote innovation and investment, protect and empower consumers, and bring the benefits of broadband to all Americans.”

The title of the agenda plank is just a bit simpler: “Framework for Broadband Internet Service. There are no other items on the agenda competing for time and attention.

Chairman Julius Genachowski’s proposed method for riding herd over the web, with the goal of preserving the concept of network neutrality, is to update the FCC’s oversight authority by bringing in a number of Title II powers aimed at requiring ISPs not to discriminate between content providers. Most other regulations would be under less-stringent Title I information service guidelines.

RBR-TVBR observation: It is a mortal lock that Genachowski will find enthusiastic support for his approach from Democrats Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn; and determined opposition from Republicans Robert McDowell and Meredith Baker.