Kim Hart of Politico reports that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski may move to impose net neutrality regulations on broadband providers next week — after many in Congress have already headed home for Thanksgiving:
It now appears Genachowski, after receiving significant pressure from net neutrality advocates and public interest groups to take action after congressional efforts failed, is picking up where Waxman left off.
“We haven’t circulated the December agenda,” said Jen Howard, spokeswoman for the FCC chairman’s office. “These rumors from outside, uniformed sources are pure speculation at best.”
Sources say Genachowski and his staff are exploring adding a wireless component to the Waxman proposal, though it is unclear how much farther beyond Waxman’s bill the chairman’s office will go.
The inclusion of wireless broadband — which even longtime net neutrality advocate Google warned was a bad idea when it announced its regulation agreement with Verizon — is sure to start a major fight on Capitol Hill.