The head of the Federal Communications Commission will push ahead with a vote on controversial net-neutrality regulations despite an outpouring of public anger and calls for delay.
All of the FCC commissioners aside from Chairman Tom Wheeler have criticized the proposal and two of them have said the commission should delay the vote scheduled for next Thursday. The rules would allow Internet service providers to charge websites for faster service in some cases.
Thousands of people have filed comments opposing the rules, and the world's largest tech companies sent a letter this week warning that the proposal is a threat to the Internet.
But Wheeler included his net-neutrality proposal on the commission's formal agenda for next week's meeting.
Recognizing the controversy over the issue, Wheeler waived the commission's "sunshine" rule, which typically cuts off public comments one week before votes. In a statement Thursday, the FCC said members of the public "should have full opportunity to express their views" and that the commission will consider all comments submitted by next Wednesday at 11:59 p.m.
The FCC first enacted net-neutrality rules in 2010, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit struck them down in January. Wheeler is trying to rework the rules in a way that can survive future court challenges.