A plan to give wireless networks more flexibility than their landline counterparts in proposed internet rules is being questioned by Federal Communications Commission member Mignon Clyburn, Reuters reports. In remarks prepared for a conference on Thursday, Clyburn said it was essential that wireless networks “grow in an open way just as our wired ones have.”

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski last week laid out what he called “rules of the road” for preserving an open Internet for consumers while giving broadband providers flexibility to manage their networks. His proposal would ban the blocking of lawful traffic while allowing internet providers to manage network congestion and charge consumers based on internet usage.

Genachowski said the rules should be more flexible for wireless broadband, reflecting that wireless is at an earlier stage of development than terrestrial internet service…

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