FCC, Stakeholders Reconvening Wednesday, Thursday

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This week's meetings between industry players and FCC chief of staff Edward Lazarus over possible broadband authority legislation are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, according to sources familiar with the talks.

The same cast of characters is expected, which are representatives from Google, Skype, Verizon, AT&T, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and the Open Internet Coalition, which includes a bunch of companies including Google and Skype and Ebay, as well as Public Knowledge and Free Press, all advocating network neutrality according to the coalition Web site.

The meetings have been coming thick and fast, with one Saturday July 31, following several meetings last week.

The FCC at the same time is collecting comment on the chairman's proposal to reclassify broadband transmissions under Title II regs. A number of members of members have asked the FCC to hold off on that effort in favor of a targeted bill to establish the commission's authority to enforce broadband network openness and transparency.
Sources indicated that an agreement on a legislative fix is not imminent, but remains a possibility.

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