The Federal Communications Commission, led by Julius Genachowski, will vote on a final plan on net neutrality Dec. 21.
Some supporters of strong net neutrality rules that apply to wireless broadband are taking their case right to the companies. A group of investors who include Mike D of the music group Beastie Boys and the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica of Atchison, Kan., are trying to pressure telecom companies to maintain open access to the Internet on wireless networks. They have filed proposals with AT&T, Comcast and Verizon calling for shareholder votes on open access to the Internet.
“Net neutrality really is the free speech issue of the 21st century,” Michael Connor, executive director of Open MIC, a nonprofit spearheading the shareholder challenges, said in a statement.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.