In a blog post published yesterday by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Wireline Competition Bureau Chief Julie Veach recognizes net neutrality proposals submitted by the American Library Association (ALA) and a coalition of library, college and university organizations. The coalition called on the federal agency to adopt strong, enforceable net neutrality rules and set the bar higher than the “commercially reasonable” standard the agency proposed–whether using Title II or Section 706 of the Communications Act.
Veach reports that the FCC received over 3.7 million comments from the public on ways to protect an Open Internet. Veach wrote:
The Commission has been presented with a number of variants on the use of Title II. Tim Wu and Tejas Narechania have made an important proposal of this kind, as has the Mozilla Foundation, which suggested in its reply comments that Title II be used to create a presumption that all paid prioritization arrangements are unlawful.
Some parties also have spoken positively of the benefits of both Section 706 and Title II. For example, a coalition of library and higher-education institutions has made proposals that build on these sources of legal authority–suggesting, among other ideas, a finding that paid prioritization arrangements presumptively violate the law under a standard of “Internet reasonableness”.
The FCC will continue to explore net neutrality policies in the weeks ahead. ALA and higher education network neutrality counsel John Windhausen will further discuss the “Internet-reasonable” standard at a FCC-hosted roundtable on October 7, 2014.