Mike O Rielly

The FCC voted 3-2, along party lines, to proceed with establishing new net neutrality rules. Wednesday's vote opens a lengthy comment period (through July 15) on a number of proposals for final rules, including enhancing transparency rules for broadband providers, the adoption of a no-blocking rule for legal content and a requirement that broadband providers conform to "reasonable commercial practices." It also proposes to create an ombudsman who would act as a watchdog for consumers and startups. As part of the rulemaking, the FCC asks for comment on whether it should prohibit “paid prioritization” and whether it should reclassify the

Even before the last minute Senate-negotiated deal to open the government and raise the debt ceiling, there were signs that Washington was re-opening its doors. Within minutes of President Obama signing the deal that reopens the government through Jan. 15 and raises the debt ceiling to Feb. 7, the Federal Communications Commission's website came back on line. The Senate, even as it was voting on the deal, tried to speed the confirmation of FCC nominees Tom Wheeler (D) for chairman and Mike O'Rielly (R), and FTC nominee Terrell McSweeny

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