[telecom] In Policy Shift, F.C.C. Will Allow a Web Fast Lane

In Policy Shift, F.C.C. Will Allow a Web Fast Lane


WASHINGTON - The principle that all Internet content should be treated equally as it flows through cables and pipes to consumers looks all but dead.

The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that it would propose new rules that allow companies like Disney, Google or Netflix to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster lanes to send video and other content to their customers.

The proposed changes would affect what is known as net neutrality - the idea that no providers of legal Internet content should face discrimination in providing offerings to consumers, and that users should have equal access to see any legal content they choose.


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[moderator pro tem's note: I don't think we should turn this group into yet another NN debate forum. What is the "telecom" angle? The DC Circuit's January decision overturning the previous NN rules, which never really took effect, said that the FCC couldn't apply common carrier regulation (neutrality) to ISPs while simultaneously denying that they were common carriers. It sounds like the next round will be similar, trying to get a more reasonable set of common carrier-like rules for ISPs while still not creating common carriage for the telecommunications function, the lower layers, which the Court said was okay. Anybody else see the problem? So it's really more political posturing. -fg]
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