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FCC votes to reclassify Internet access

updated 03:05 pm EDT, Thu June 17, 2010

FCC now sees neutrality rules as necessary

The FCC today said (PDF) it had voted 3-2 in favor of beginning procedures to reclassify Internet access and take action on its proposed National Broadband Plan. Officials plan to go ahead with their initial plans and are asking for comments both from the public and from the industry by July 15. First replies from the FCC to the comments should be ready by August 12.

Many of the rule changes center around applying key aspects of the Title II common carrier rules that would most apply to Internet access. Internet providers, possibly including cellphone networks, would be required to treat all traffic fairly as well as protect privacy. They would deliberately exempt rules that would meet the stiffest opposition from carriers, such as price regulation or having to directly share local lines with rival providers.

Most incumbent carriers have still resisted the rules as they have insisted they should have full control over what's allowed on their networks and have claimed there would be a slippery slope towards stricter regulation in the future. Some have threatened to deliberately slow down their expansion as a form of punishment, but Time Warner and independents have shown support for the FCC rules.

Congress has embraced the FCC's plans but has said it may pass new laws of its own that could affect any decisions.

by MacNN Staff



  1. manleycreative

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So long freedom of expression...

    Yep, this is only the first step in the government's (read Barry O) plan to control dissent over the internet. With that power it will be the next step in Mein F├╝hrer's plan to take over America.

    Think that is a silly conspiracy theory? I hope so. But give it another couple of years and we'll see.

  1. tfmeehan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So long common sense...

    "Silly" doesn't begin to describe it.

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