Sources: Some Movement On Paid Prioritization, ISP Definition In Net Neutrality Draft

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According to a source familiar with the network neutrality draft, there have been some language changes on the definition of an Internet Service Provider and on paid prioritization that make it more acceptable to FCC commissioner Michael Copps.

Copps supports expanding and codifying network neutrality rules, but has said the draft of an order Chairman Julius Genachowski has circulated for a Dec. 21 vote.

It is unclear how much the order has changed. It did not ban paid prioritization, which troubled Copps, as did a definition of Internet service provider that he thought could allow some services to define themselves out of being subject to the network neutrality rules.

There does not appear to be movement on the commissioner's third issue, which is applying the regs to wireless as well as wired broadband. The original draft only applied non-blocking and transparency conditions to wireless, but Copps has said they should apply to both, with flexibility in the carve-out for reasonable network management to account for the technological differences between it and wired broadband.

The wireless industry has signaled that any more regs applied to wireless beyond the draft language they were presented with would be unacceptable and could well result in their taking the rules to court.

Copps has said his vote is no lock unless those three issues are addressed.

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