The Federal Communications Commission is taking network neutrality one small step at a time.
The agency on Wednesday announced that it will be seeking public comment on certain aspects of net neutrality, the idea that Internet service providers should not be allowed to limit bandwidth based on which sites or services customers use. The comment period will last a few weeks, possibly delaying any major FCC decision until after the November elections, The Wall Street Journal reports. And, despite an analyst's suggestion to the contrary yesterday, the agency reaffirmed that it hasn't yet narrowed down the array of options before it. As an official told The Journal, "all options remain on the table."
The FCC has long been considering reclassifying broadband Internet access under Title 2 of the Communications Act, a move that would give the agency more authority over broadband providers. On Wednesday morning, an analyst suggested that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski had "abandoned" that effort, but officials made it clear that that wasn't the case, according to The Journal. "Securing a solid legal foundation for broadband policy is too important an issue to rush," one official told the publication.