The new rules to govern the Internet will wait until 2015.
The Federal Communications Commission will not vote on Open Internet rules in December, according to the regulator's newly released agenda for its December open meeting.
The December meeting represented the last opportunity for the FCC to vote on new regulations in 2014. Initial timelines projected a resolution by the end of the year, but a wave of public comments along with pressure from U.S. President Barack Obama had led to expectations that the issue would end up being resolved in 2015.
Gigi Sohn, an aid to FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, recently noted a high likelihood that the vote would be pushed until next year. Calls for the FCC to abandon the previously conceived plans, which some believed would allow for the creation of fast lanes that violate the concept of net neutrality, led to the rise of so-called reclassification.
Major broadband operators have strongly opposed classification, which would result in the FCC voting to change the set of rules. President Obama has publicly supported reclassification.
On top of that battle, reports of a third plan recently emerged, referred to as a "hybrid" plan. It would see the last-mile connections — those between customers and Internet service providers — be held to strict net neutrality regulations, while industry players could make deals among themselves with FCC oversight.
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