UPDATE 1-US FCC has votes for Internet rules say officials

* Majority vote expected to adopt Internet traffic rules

* Wireline, wireless services treated differently
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By Jasmin Melvin

WASHINGTON, Dec 20 (BestGrowthStock) – The U.S. Federal
Communications Commission is poised to adopt Internet traffic
rules on Tuesday that would ban the blocking of lawful content,
but allow high-speed Internet providers to manage their
networks, senior agency officials said.

Commissioners Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn have come to
an agreement to support the proposal laid out by FCC Chairman
Julius Genachowski early this month despite their concern about
aspects of the plan, senior FCC officials said on Monday.

Copps wanted the FCC to reclassify Internet traffic under
tougher rules applying to telephone service, while Clyburn has
said she is uneasy about giving wireless Internet providers
more freedom to manage their networks than wireline services.
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“While I cannot vote wholeheartedly to approve the item, I
will not block it by voting against it,” Copps said in a
statement on Monday. “I instead plan to concur so that we may
move forward.”

Clyburn said in a separate statement that the rules, “while
not as strong as they could be, will nonetheless protect
consumers as they explore, learn, and innovate online.”

Support from Copps and Clyburn would give Genachowski the
votes he needs to overcome expected opposition from the
agency’s two Republicans.

The FCC’s ability to regulate the Internet has been in
doubt since an appeals court in April said the agency lacked
the authority to stop Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O: ) from blocking
bandwidth-hogging applications.

Court challenges are expected over this latest rule-making
effort, although senior FCC officials have said they will
invoke new legal arguments not employed in the Comcast case.

The “open” Internet order to be considered Tuesday at a
public FCC meeting will give both landline and mobile broadband
services the flexibility to “reasonably” manage their
networks.

The order would institute a no-blocking policy for landline
Internet providers that covers all lawful content,
applications, services and devices, the senior officials said.

The rule for wireless carriers, reflecting limited
bandwidth and more recent technology, only bans the blocking of
access to websites, or competing voice and video applications.
(Reporting by Jasmin Melvin; Editing by Tim Dobbyn)

UPDATE 1-US FCC has votes for Internet rules say officials