The Federal Communications Commission has postponed its net neutralilty vote by almost three weeks, "prompting speculation the agency is getting its ducks in a row for a vote on the politically polarized issue," reports InformationWeek.
THe vote, originally set for this Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, has been postponed until Dec. 21.
Accroding to the article, "The three Democratic commissioners are expected to vote — now or later — for a consumer-friendly regulation on Internet access, while the two Republican members are expected to hold out for relatively unfettered oversight favoring industry players."
the article also notes that "Verizon and Comcast, two leading telecom carriers, have argued that regulation of the Internet as proposed by the FCC would stifle business growth and innovation.
"FCC chairman Julius Genachowski has spoken of a ‘third way’ solution for the net neutrality issue, an attempt to find a middle ground between carriers and the lawmakers and policy makers who favor more oversight in Internet access, particularly in the rapidly expanding wireless arena."