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Thwarted by the courts, by lawmakers on Capitol Hill and by some of his fellow commissioners, the Federal Communications Commission chairman…
By EDWARD WYATT
The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Thwarted by the courts, by lawmakers on Capitol Hill and by some of his fellow commissioners, the Federal Communications Commission chairman will try again Wednesday to devise a new strategy for regulating broadband Internet service providers.
In a speech, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will outline a framework for broadband Internet service that would forbid both wired and wireless Internet service providers from blocking lawful content. But the proposal would allow broadband providers to charge consumers according to levels of service.
Genachowski has decided not to use the commission’s telephone regulatory powers to govern broadband Internet service, a move that he proposed in May that potentially would have opened Internet service to heavier government regulation.
His plan also would allow broadband providers to manage networks to limit congestion or harmful traffic.
The framework will form the basis for a proposed order scheduled to be voted on during the FCC’s Dec. 21 meeting.
Genachowski says he believes he has the legal authority to act because he argues that his plan would help spread broadband service more widely across the country, a priority that Congress has established as one of the FCC’s mandates. While he has a fair chance of securing the votes of the two other Democrats on the five-person commission, he faces a potential fight with one of those commissioners, Michael Copps, who has been public in his support for stricter regulation of broadband Internet service.
Genachowski also will face significant opposition from Republicans in the House, who last month warned against attempts to regulate broadband service and the Internet.
The chairman intends to say he believes the proposal is necessary to guarantee the Internet continues to be an incubator for innovation by startup companies.
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Lawyer for Assange says case against WikiLeaks founder is ‘persecution and not a prosecution’
The lawyer for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange charged Wednesday that his client is being persecuted by Swedish authorities whose accusations of sex crimes have prompted an Interpol alert for his arrest.
Swedish officials say they issued the international alert because the 39-year-old Australian has not made himself available for a meeting with prosecutors. Assange’s lawyer, Mark Stephens, said that Swedish officials have turned down repeated offers to speak to Assange.
Assange’s secret-spilling group has leaked a series of confidential U.S. intelligence and diplomatic reports this year, including the disclosure earlier this week of hundreds of classified State Department cables. U.S. officials have reacted with outrage, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton accusing WikiLeaks of acting illegally and promising “aggressive steps to hold responsible those who stole this information.”
Clinton said she discussed the leak with her colleagues at a security summit in Kazakhstan and the revelations will not hurt American diplomacy. The leaks include unflattering descriptions of some foreign leaders and requests for U.S. diplomats to gather personal information on others. They have revealed Western concerns that Islamist militants might get access to Pakistan’s nuclear material and American skepticism that Islamabad will sever ties to Taliban factions fighting in Afghanistan. They also showed U.S. doubts over the abilities of Pakistan’s weak, unpopular civilian government
“I have certainly raised the issue of the leaks in order to assure our colleagues that it will not in any way interfere with American diplomacy or our commitment to continuing important work that is ongoing,” Clinton said. “I have not any had any concerns expressed about whether any nation will not continue to work with and discuss matters of importance to us both going forward.”
Several officials at the summit echoed her comments.
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