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Additional Power for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to enforce Net Neutrality


The FCC (Federal Communication Commission) is the most powerful agency that controls communications especially broadband and telephone services in U.S. The chairman of U.S. senate committee has decided to provide more additional authority to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission. This additional authority can help FFC to make new National broad band plan and also to enforce net neutrality rules.

Democrat of West Virginia and Senator J. Rockefeller said that, “The decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to throw out the FCC’s attempt to enforce Net neutrality rules against Comcast puts the entire broadband plan, released last month, is at risk”.
Julius Genachowski FCC Chairman was advised by Senator J. Rockefeller to go ahead with Net neutrality rules and broadband plans. Leading broad band service providers such as Comcast and others are not willing to heed to FCC, but want to take the authority of FCC. Rockefeller has said that “In the long term, if there is a need to rewrite the law to provide consumers and the FCC and industry with a new framework, I as chairman will take that task on,” he said. “This is a committee — at least so long as I am chairman — that is here to protect people, to protect consumers.”

FCC has started implementing its plans and rules.  According to Genachowski, FCC has started to execute more than 60 proceedings as a part of the plan that has to be implemented this year. FCC’s plan is to have 100 million U.S. homes with 100M bps (bits per second) service by 2020. Moreover 500 MHz of wireless spectrum will be auctioned or will be shared with mobile broadband users over the next 10 years. Also $15.5 billion from the FCC’s Universal Service Fund will be utilized to enhance the broad band service.