The Federal Communications Commission might have to delay a vote on new net-neutrality regulations.
Jessica Rosenworcel, a Democratic FCC commissioner, said Wednesday that she has "real concerns" with Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal, which would allow Internet service providers to charge websites for special "fast lanes" in at least some cases. The FCC is scheduled to vote on the proposal next Thursday.
"I think we should delay our consideration of his rules by at least a month," Rosenworcel said in a speech before a library group in Washington. "I believe that rushing headlong into a rule-making next week fails to respect the public response to his proposal."
The two Republicans on the commission are expected to vote against any net-neutrality rules, arguing that they would unnecessarily burden Internet providers. That means Wheeler needs the votes of both Democratic commissioners to move ahead with the new rules.
Opposition from Rosenworcel could force Wheeler back to the drawing board. But the chairman doesn't appear to be backing down.
In a statement, an FCC spokesman said Wheeler "fully supports a robust public debate on how best to protect the Open Internet, which is why he intends to put forward his proposals for public comment next week."