The Federal Communication Commission has created an Open Internet Advisory Committee, according to an announcement published in today's Federal Register.
FCC creates Open Internet Advisory Committee
The committee "will observe market developments regarding the freedom and openness of the Internet and will focus in particular on issues addressed in the FCC's Open Internet rules, such as transparency, reasonable network management practices, differences in treatment of fixed and mobile broadband services, specialized services, technical standards and the state of competition," according to the notice.
In December, the Democratic-led FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to approve a compromise regulation on so-called Net neutrality. FCC Chairman Julian Genanchowski said the regulation, which forbids Internet service providers from blocking access to lawful providers of direct and wireless applications and services, would help ensure open and equal access to the Internet. This month, in a Republican-led effort, the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a resolution to block the FCC's rule. The Senate has not yet voted on the regulation.
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