FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker wants agency Chairman Julius Genachowski to publish the draft net neutrality regulations, which go up for a vote later this month.
In a speech given before the Annual Institute on Telecommunications Policy & Regulation yesterday, Baker said it was necessary to make the draft rules public to get input from industry stakeholders that would be affected by the regulations.
"If this agency is to operate in the most transparent and inclusive manner, we should proactively put out a copy of our draft net neutrality rules for comment today. The comment cycle can be short, but putting some sunshine on what we are doing would inform our process," Baker said. "Input, especially from network engineers and experts on our specific proposals, would help curtail any unintended consequences. We should provide the time for a meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders that could be adversely affected by our actions."
Genachowski has yet to make public the draft net neutrality rules that will go up for a vote on Dec. 21. The wireless industry has reacted cautiously to the rules, which will not reclassify broadband Internet services under Title II of the Communications Act.
Separately, Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said she would be focusing on the portion of the rules affecting the wireless industry in the days before the draft rules come up for a vote. Clyburn said she recognized the distinctions between wired and wireless broadband Internet services but said that the agency should ensure that "we don't cause the development of two kinds of Internet worlds. Aside from technical differences, the basic user experience should be the same."