Deadline nears for net neutrality comments

Mon, 04/26/2010 - 8:05am
Maisie Ramsay, Wireless Week

Today is the last day to file reply comments on the FCC’s proposed regulation of net neutrality, which has sparked concern from wireless and fixed broadband providers.

The FCC has received thousands of reply comments to its proposed net neutrality regulations.

3G Americas President Chris Pearson argues that wireless providers must not be prevented from using network management tools.

“Prohibiting discrimination by wireless carriers between applications would undermine consumer choice to select managed services or other services that require [quality of service] guaranteed levels of minimal jitter or packet loss,” Pearson said.  “With so many applications competing for air time, network management is necessary to ensure that the majority of consumers have a satisfactory experience.”

Sprint voiced similar sentiments in comments filed in January, as did T-Mobile USA.

MetroPCS Communications is stridently opposed to net neutrality regulation, saying in its filing that such rules were unnecessary and potentially harmful. MetroPCS also said wireless broadband should be treated differently from its fixed line brethren and that the FCC lacked regulatory authority to implement net neutrality rules.

The FCC has granted two extensions to file reply comments on the measure. The first deadline was extended from March 5 to April 8 “in response to several requests.”

The second deadline was pushed out until April 26 to let the industry “evaluate and consider the legal implications of” a court ruling that found the FCC did not have regulatory authority to enforce net neutrality rules.

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