With Net Neutrality Controversy Growing, FCC Moves Meeting

Facing threats from Republican congressmen, FCC will use the time to attract industry support for new regulations

The Federal Communications Commission has decided to keep the Band-Aid on a week longer.

The commission announced Tuesday that it will push back the date of its annual meeting from Dec. 15 to Dec. 21.

Though the organization has yet to unveil the agenda for its hearing, speculation has been mounting that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski might use the event to introduce net neutrality rules.

With House Republicans vowing to oppose any requirements forcing Internet providers to treat all web traffic equally, Genachowski has been using the time before the meeting to drum up support on Capitol Hill and within the media and technolgy industries for his proposals.

In addition to Republican foes, Genachowski has put the blame for stalling net neutrality rules at the feet of Verizon and Google. The two corporate titans have reached a seperate agreement on rules governing web traffic. 

Still the chairman has remained optimistic that a deal will happen.

"One of the basic things we can solve [to] maintain the openness of the pipes is open Internet," Genachowski said in an interview at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.