FCC chairman Tom Wheeler signaled to the Senate Wednesday that the FCC's proposal on applying oversight to broadband consumer privacy could come as early as this month.
That came in a Senate Commerce Committee FCC oversight hearing Wednesday.
Cable operators have offered up their own proposal, which is for the FCC to take a light hand and rely on a Federal Trade Commission model, which would be to go after unfair or deceptive practices based on guidelines for good conduct, rather than come up with a new set of rules.
At the hearing, Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), pushed in the other direction. Markey has written the commission urging it to promulgate new rules to protect consumer privacy. He said at the hearing that should include a "comprehensive definition of customer proprietary network information (CPNI), insure transparency and require consumer consent if the information is going to be re-used," and for ISPs to implement strong data security protections.
Markey called that possible March timetable "excellent."