The Federal Communications Commission this week redefined broadband as downloads speeds of at least 25Mbps and upload speeds of at least 3Mbps. So what effect will the FCC move have on the enterprise? At least one observer believes it will portend the end of the cubicle culture.
An existing avenue in the law may be available for regulating Open Internet principles, said Tom Wheeler at CES on Wednesday, so long as you erase the word "wireless carrier" and insert "Internet service provider."
The next round of deliberations over how the FCC navigates the net neutrality maze begins in earnest during the last week of February, but when it ends remains uncertain.
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.