If so, the move would come about three months after House Energy and Commerce chairman Henry Waxman (D-CA) pulled the plug on his network neutrality bill after it was clear he didn't summon up enough Republican support for it. (See Net Neutrality Bill Is DOA .)
It's not clear if Genachowski's purported proposal will follow the Waxman bill, which closely mimicked one from Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) that takes a lighter regulatory touch on wireless networks. (See Verizon & Google Define an 'Open Internet'.)
The FCC has not announced plans to introduce a new network neutrality item. However, speculation that it will went into high gear on Tuesday after the agency pushed its public meeting date from December 15 to December 21.
FilmOn claims that it's attracted "more than 30 million individual users" in just a few weeks after its free broadband-fueled service went live. And it's undaunted by the court's decision. "We do expect to bring major networks back to our lineup in the near future, all in a legitimate and collaborative business model," FilmOn CEO Alki David said, noting that it intends to filing a motion arguing that "FilmOn is indeed a cable system."
Comcast spokeswoman Sena Fitzmaurice countered that there's nothing unusual about it, and that Comcast has had no role in NBCU business operations. "Transition and integration planning is common, proper, and expected in a transaction of this type," she said.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable