FCC Revises Plan To Regulate InternetPosted: May 13, 2014
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is changing the agency’s recent proposal to regulate broadband Internet after a wave of public outcry asserted the agency’s plan would set up a hierarchy of slow-to-fast Internet traffic, and mandate higher payments for acceptable speeds and unfiltered content.
The Wall Street Journal reports the new proposal will make ”assurances that the agency won’t allow companies to segregate web traffic into fast and slow lanes,” but will still let Internet service providers broker deals with Internet content creators to pay for faster content delivery to customers under the agency’s supervision.
According to FCC officials, the proposal’s new language will seek to prevent larger ISPs like Comcast from making deals with high-bandwidth content creators like Netflix that include special terms, and will analyze whether ISPs can slow access speeds to non-paying sites and services without such arranged deals.
The new draft will also include protection for startups and companies that need Internet connectivity, but cannot afford to pay additional higher costs for access, and establish a representative with “significant enforcement authority” to defend startups in disputed cases…(read more)
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