FCC Announces Its Proposal to “Preserve the Open Internet”

By TAP Staff Blogger

Posted on December 3, 2010


Wednesday, Julius Genachowski, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, put recent speculation aside with his announcement of the FCC’s proposal to “preserve the open Internet as a platform for innovation, investment, job creation, competition, and free expression.”  The proposal will be introduced for a vote before the five-member commission on December 21st.

Chairman Genachowski announcement included:


It is the Internet’s openness and freedom — the ability to speak, innovate, and engage in commerce without having to ask anyone’s permission — that has enabled the Internet’s unparalleled success.

This openness is a quality — a generative power — that must be preserved and protected. And the record in the proceeding we’ve run over the past year, as well as history, shows that there are real risks to the Internet’s continued freedom and openness. Broadband providers have natural business incentives to leverage their position as gatekeepers to the Internet. Even after the Commission announced open Internet principles in 2005, we have seen clear deviations from the Internet’s openness — instances when broadband providers have prevented consumers from using the applications of their choice without disclosing what they were doing.

The proposed open Internet framework is designed to guard against these risks, while recognizing the legitimate needs and interests of broadband providers.

Reaction to this proposal is, not surprisingly, mixed.