In a speech at Columbia University, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps established his support for pursuing a Title II regulatory track for broadband services, as he proclaimed to his audience that “to expect openness, transparency, non-discrimination and consumer protections to evolve from strictly private management of our nation’s critical information infrastructure is to expect what never was or ever will be.” After meeting privately with industry leaders—and after being warned by various lawmakers that the FCC cannot prescribe even a limited Title II approach without congressional consents— FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski took the wraps off a draft net neutrality order last week. That order would mandate transparency and prohibit “unreasonable discrimination” in the transmission of web traffic, but backs off from earlier plans to regulate broadband networks under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act. Copps’ objections to the draft order as currently written could jeopardize the adoption of net neutrality rules at the FCC’s open meeting on December 21. (Both FCC Republicans— Commissioners Robert McDowell and Meredith Baker—are expected to vote against the order, albeit for very different reasons than those expressed by Copps.) Declaring that “reasonable” network management practices endorsed in the draft order “must never be allowed to supplant the quality of the public Internet service available to us all,” Copps told his audience that “citizens are entitled to an official venue—the FCC—with access to the arcania of engineering data so we can determine whether it is reasonable in a given case for anyone [to be denied] the full potential of the Internet. Copps also hinted that Title II regulation should be applied to wireless carriers as he noted that the implementation of Internet freedom rights “may need to vary a bit depending upon the technology platform—but the principle must stand.”