The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, today outlined a framework aimed at ensuring that both wireline and wireless carriers don’t discriminate against traffic traversing their networks based on the type of traffic or the application. We speculated on Friday that he would outline formal net neutrality principles today to augment the informal ones adopted back in 2005. The agency also unveiled a web site dedicated to tracking this issue at www.openinternet.gov. Read More about FCC Outlines Its Net Neutrality Proposal
Om’s interview with new FCC Chair Julius Genachowski is getting plenty of attention in the blogosphere, and for good reason. Genachowski’s claim that the U.S. has “really taken ourselves, over the last eight years, off the stage” underscores just how much the Obama administration’s FCC will contrast with the previous administration’s, which generally preferred a laissez-faire approach. Expect the FCC to be very active over the next few years, and expect plenty of pushback from many of the entrenched players in mobile.
At his confirmation hearing this afternoon, Julius Genachowski, the nominee for the chair of the Federal Communications Commission, spoke out in favor of using spectrum creatively for providing mobile broadband. In response to questions by Sen. Maria Cantwell on how he planned to handle decision-making around white spaces broadband, Genachowski said he “applauds the creative use of spectrum,” and went on to laud mobile broadband technology. Whites spaces broadband is an effort to provide broadband in the spectrum that exists between the digital television channels.
Given that the biggest change to the way we surf the web over the past few years has been our ability to do it on the go, his emphasis on finding more ways to use the spectrum is one that is critically important to technology innovation. Combine his attitude with efforts from Sen. John Kerry and Sen. Olympia Snowe to pass a spectrum inventory bill, and we may not have to spend as much time fretting over exclusivity arrangements and high texting charges in the near future, because we can allocate more spectrum to wireless broadband that may not be dominated by the wireless operators.
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