Posts Tagged ‘neutrality’

FCC’s Baker Wonders Why Neutrality Plan isn’t Public

Friday, December 10th, 2010

This seems to be a troubling trend lately …

The FCC vote on their new neutrality rules is coming December 21, and nobody (other than we assume the wealthiest stakeholders) know what the rules contain, outside of a general understanding that they echo previous, paper thin proposals by Henry Waxman, Verizon and Google — making a point to exclude wireless. Yesterday we noted how there have been unheeded calls for the rules to be leaked. At least one FCC Commissioner agrees, Meredith Attwell Baker urging the FCC to at least unveil the rules for a brief public comment period, something that would make sense given all the FCC’s talk about transparency:


Major Carriers, Google Create Voluntary Neutrality Organization – Policy dog and pony show or meaningful engineering forum?

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

So far, this sounds like it’s just a dog and pony show, but it also seems to have the potential to become meaningful too.

A group of companies including Verizon, Comcast, AT&T, Google, Intel, Cisco and Time Warner Cable have created what they’re calling the Broadband Internet Technical Advisory Group (BITAG or TAG). According to the announcement, the group was formed to bring together engineers and technical experts to “develop consensus on broadband network management practices.” NCTA and the cable industry’s primary lobbying and policy pitchman Kyle McSlarrow puts it this way over at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association blog: