Senators to FCC: Establish a Plan for Net Neutrality By the End of 2010

John Kerry, Byron Dorgan and Ron Wyden org chairman Julius Genachowski to wrap up ongoing meetings on the issue in December

Last Updated: November 30, 2010 @ 2:49 PM

Get on with it already.

That was the message delivered Tuesday by U.S. Senators John Kerry (D-Mass), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who urged the Federal Communications Commission to establish a plan for mandating net neutrality by the end of the year.

In a letter to Julius Genachowski, asked the FCC chairman's to conclude the federal org's ongoing Open Internet proceeding in December.

The proceeding is intended to determine the FCC's role in maintaining network neutrality.

Here's the letter:


Dear Chairman Genachowski:

 We are writing to urge you to bring the Open Internet rulemaking to conclusion in December. Heading into 2011, the Commission can provide the certainty necessary for policymakers, consumers, investors, and innovators that the Internet will remain an open network, under the watchful eye of the Federal Communications Commission, and that the service will be delivered and managed with full and complete transparency.  Combined, that will make it possible for the agency, advocates, engineers, and the media to police practices that could threaten innovation at the edge of the network.  

 We recognize that you have led a difficult, inclusive, and often technical debate as matter of both law and engineering on the question of the proper role of the agency and rules in this space.  We have supported that process and support the President’s goal of protecting and preserving an open Internet.  We are also well aware that it is always easier to criticize the policy-making process than it is to make good policy — and as a result you have taken incoming fire from all sides.  Yet, while time consuming, we think the deliberation and discourse has moved the center of opinion within the community of experts, industry, and advocates to a principled compromise that is sustainable and will work.  We understand that there are some who would have you go further and some that would have you do nothing.  But we believe you are headed toward a principled center and we support that effort.

 We look forward to working with you.


John Kerry                              Byron Dorgan                         Ron Wyden

United States Senator   United States Senator   United States Senator

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