The Senate has yet to confirm Julius Genachowski as the new FCC chairman, but now that President Obama has renominated one Republican commissioner and lawmakers reportedly have settled on the second, proceedings should start soon.
With that in mind, service providers are bracing themselves for Genachowski’s expected push in favor of net neutrality and an open Internet. Already, the FCC, under the guidance of Acting Chairman Michael Copps, is taking comments on how best to formulate a national broadband policy, and whether the rules should include restrictions on network management. Communications industry watchers fully expect Genachowski to pick up the net neutrality mantle, just as Obama has done.
So service providers and consumer groups stand to disagree once more on the issue. One of the differences between this presidential administration and its predecessor is that it’s actively involved in technology policy; thus, warring factions will have to find areas of compromise.