The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission announced Wednesday he has scheduled a December 21 vote on a new regulatory initiative designed to preserve the openness that has been the Internet's hallmark since its inception, National Journal reported.
The network neutrality proposal has already split the agency along party lines, with the commission's two GOP members quickly condemning it and setting the stage for a partisan vote that could draw a backlash next year from the GOP-controlled House.
Before Chairman Julius Genachowski finished his announcement, fierce opposition was registered from Republicans on Capitol Hill who insisted his proposal goes too far, and from watchdog groups that dismissed it as too weak. Genachowski hopes to nullify the opposition with solid support from prominent Democrats on the Senate and House commerce committees. To read more, click here.