AAF Alert: May 14, 2014

Net Neutrality Scheduled for Vote

The Federal Communications Commission has scheduled a May 15 first vote on Chairman Tom Wheeler’s controversial net neutrality plan. The Chairman’s plan would allow Internet providers to charge websites for access to so-called fast lanes for faster service, provided that those fast lanes do not slow other Internet traffic. If the Commission votes yes, it would then begin the process of accepting public comment on the notice of proposed rulemaking. Chairman Wheeler has reportedly been making changes to the plan to court support from other Commissioners. Two of the other four Commissioners have already asked that the vote be delayed.

Many Democratic lawmakers on both sides of the Hill have expressed concern over the plan and have asked Chairman Wheeler to drop the approach. Congressional approval is not needed and at this writing the Chairman still intends to move forward.

Clark Rector
Executive Vice President-Government Affairs
American Advertising Federation
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