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December 20th, 2010, 05:00 PM #1FCC expected to pass net neutrality rule
from the Washington Post:
"The Federal Communications Commission is poised on Tuesday to pass so-called net neutrality regulations, first-time rules that prevent Internet service providers from blocking or giving preferential treatment to Web sites on their networks.
"The rules would prevent Internet service providers from blocking Web sites and applications on Internet lines feeding into American homes. Those carriers -- such as Comcast and AT&T could not deliberately slow down one Web site over another. The rules frown on the practice of charging Web sites for better or faster delivery, but observers say that practice is not strictly prohibited in the order."
December 20th, 2010, 07:46 PM #2
It sounds like an advertising model to me. If YouTube and Google pay more to get more bandwidth then smaller sites get slowed down. It could hurt the small site owner like an affiliate where page load latency is so high that the page gets ignored.
Not to derail this thread but here is another concern about Internet Governance (can be split into another discussion): U.N. Delegates Debate Control Of Internet
December 21st, 2010, 02:21 PM #3
The FCC passed these new rules today, amid criticism from all sides. Today's Washington Post article - excerpts:
"The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to approve its first ever Internet access regulation, which ensures unimpeded access to any legal Web content for home Internet users.
"The same provisions do not apply as strongly to cellphone users because the agency voted to keep wireless networks generally free of rules preventing the blocking and slowing of Web traffic.
"The rules have sparked intense debate and lobbying over whether such legislation is needed, and are likely to face a legal challenge. [FCC Chairman] Genachowski has argued that Internet access rules would protect companies just starting out on the Web, as well as consumers who are increasingly relying on the Internet for news, entertainment and communications.
The agency's two Republican members voted against the rules, showing support for Internet service providers who say the regulation will impede their ability to create new business plans that expand their roles over the Internet economy.
"The net neutrality measure is the federal government's first move to regulate broadband access. Questions remain, however, over whether the agency has the legal right to serve as the nation's watchdog over Internet access. Last spring, a federal appeals court said the FCC overstepped its authority by sanctioning Comcast for blocking access to users of BitTorrent's peer-to-peer sharing application.
The rules are sure to face a court challenge and have prompted opposition from Republican lawmakers, who plan to tackle the regulation through Congressional action.
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said she will reintroduce legislation to overthrow the rules. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Tex.) said she will move to withdraw funds appropriated to the FCC to execute the rules.
"The FCC is attempting to push excessive government regulation of the Internet through without Congressional authority, and these actions threaten the very future of the technology," said Hutchison, the ranking GOP member of the Energy and Commerce Committee.
"And on the other side, consumer groups aren't happy, either. Public interest groups have said they will consider filing suit against the rules that they fought to enact, asserting that the regulation doesn't go far enough to protect consumers.
"To be clear, we do not anchor ourselves on what I believe to be the best legal framework," [FCC Member] Copps said. 'Nor have we crafted rules as strong as I would have liked. But, with today’s action, we do nonetheless appear to steer ourselves back toward a better course.'"
January 27th, 2011, 05:44 PM #4
Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) have introduced the "Internet Freedom, Broadband Promotion, and Consumer Protection Act of 2011" to extend net neutrality to all forms of Internet access (including wireless). From "Senators bash "telecom oligarchs," propose strict net neutrality bill":
"In the month since the FCC adopted its open Internet rules, most of the DC debate over net neutrality has focused on FCC overreach. Verizon sued the agency. MetroPCS sued the agency. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) introduced a bill to strip the FCC of any authority to regulate Internet access.
"'The recent FCC ruling on net neutrality does not do nearly enough to protect consumers, and this bill is designed to maintain a free and open Internet,' Franken said in a statement when the bill was released. Last week, Franken made a speech in which he called net neutrality the 'free speech issue of our time' and said that the FCC rules 'will create essentially two Internets.'"
Write, call, email your Senators!
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