That's the word coming out of Washington right now. Unsatisfied with the more obvious choices left to them in the wake of the Comcast decision, FCC Chairman Genachowski has decided to get creative. He won't use the Title II sledgehammer to kill a mosquito, by reclassifying broadband. But he's also not going to just take his ball and go home. According to the FCC:
"The Chairman will outline a ‘third way’ approach between a weak Title I and a needlessly burdensome Title II approach. It would 1) apply to broadband transmission service only the small handful of provisions that, prior to the Comcast decision, were widely believed to be within the Commission’s purview, and 2) would have broad up-front forbearance and meaningful boundaries to guard against regulatory overreach."
I'll let the lawyers parse that one. It sounds sensible, but we're talking about bureaucracy here so sensible is not just irrelevant it's probably misleading as well.
The initial response from most seems to be simply relief that nothing more drastic is going to happen. I'm sure that will wear off in a few hours or days. I think it's safe to say that whatever the details of the FCC's plans are, they will be tested in court by someone - because there is just no way they will satisfy everyone.
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