FCC To Vote on Net Neutrality in February

Wheeler to Introduce Open Internet Order Next Month

The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on proposed new net neutrality rules in February, according to agency officials.

FCC spokeswoman Kim Hart confirmed in an e-mail message Friday that agency chairman Tom Wheeler intends to introduce an Open Internet order in February. The Washington Post first reported on Friday that the vote was expected to take place next month.

Speculation on when the vote would take place has been rampant for months. The FCC’s next scheduled monthly meeting is Feb. 26.

Just what Wheeler will propose is anyone’s guess. Analysts have speculated that momentum has been moving toward Title II reclassification of broadband,  which President Obama backed in an online video announcement in November. Wheeler had been thought to back a more hybrid approach to Internet regulation prior to the Obama video.