What started out as a stalemate evolved into an impasse and finally into a seemingly permanent state of gridlock. No single solution to the Internet regulation issue seems palatable.
It may not be an official re-definition of "broadband" just yet, but the FCC's alteration of its Universal Service Fund order does give it double-digit download speeds. The question remains, will enough carriers sign up?
It would be nice if life came with an instruction manual. "Life," as in "The Game of," does come with one, and so does "Operation." But neither one applies to the pickle we're in now.
It's good that we have a dialog on issues in the public interest. But you can't take two different sides in an argument and claim to be supported by the majority.
If Randall Stephenson's comments are to be taken at face value, the FCC chairman actively worked to avoid a Title II scenario. But those negotiations fell apart after the mid-terms.
"I am grateful for the input of the President," says Chairman Tom Wheeler, at the end of a statement which makes it clear not only that he doesn't quite agree with him, but that Title II may not be feasible.
The die has now been cast, triggering alterations to the meaning of Internet service in America that would tip the net neutrality debate completely on its ear.
What's this I hear about an "Open Internet?" you can just hear the late, great Gilda Radner asking in her old-lady garb. Where I live, you can only get broadband from one provider. How open is that?
For my Editor's Corner, I want to take a deeper dive into FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's keynote Tuesday to kick off CTIA's Super Mobility Week, which I am attending.
The House Minority Leader makes official the Democratic leadership's support of a very controversial move to regulate the Internet with the same language used to regulate long distance service.