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FCC Reportedly in Talks With Carriers on Net Neutrality Issue

Published on June 22, 2010
by Eric Savitz

The FCC is holding talks with cable and phone companies in the Commission’s struggle to enforce Net Neutrality on broadband carriers, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The FCC, which supports the idea that would carriers should treat all Internet traffic equally, wants to change the current rules, after a recent court decision found that the FCC does not actually have the authority to compel broadband providers to comply with the Commission’s stance on the issue.

The FCC’s proposed response is to bring broadband access under the same common carrier rules that apply to voice service; the carriers sharply disagree with that approach, since it would bring the threat of much stricter regulation.

The WSJ said that FCC chief of staff Edward Lazarus and other Commission staffers are in talks with lobbyist for AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), the cable industry and providers of Internet-based voice service like Skype and Google (GOOG).

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