FCC’s ‘Open Internet’ proposal heading for defeat?

Ed Morrissey

Conservatives have kept a close eye on Julius Genachowski, chair of the FCC, especially after his first attempt to regulate the Internet by regulatory decree got slapped down by Congress.  Now it looks like the chastened Genachowski has lost the Left, too.  His scaled-down “Open Internet” proposal had no chance of winning support from the conservatives on the FCC board, and his Net Neutrality allies are urging the Democrats on the panel to oppose it as well:

Opposition to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski’s open Internet proposal is building on both the left and the right ahead of a potential vote on the proposal at the Commission’s December 21 open meeting.

A group of net neutrality advocates declared their opposition to the plan during a meeting with Democratic FCC Commissioner Michael Copps on Thursday.

A number of prominent individuals and organizations including representatives from Consumers Union, Free Press, Netflix, Amazon.com and Dish Network were at the meeting, which was described in an ex parte filing released Monday. Genachowski needs Copps’ vote for the proposal to pass.

“At the outset of the meeting, the participants expressed their unanimous unwillingness to support the proposed open-Internet framework in its present form as they understand it,” according to the ex parte document.

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