FCC chairman will reportedly revise broadband proposal2014-05-12 09:17 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, Net Neutrality
FCC (Federal Communications Commission) head, Tom Wheeler, has decided to revise rules for broadband Internet regulation in order to stem mass criticism. The main point of contention is the idea that companies like Comcast could potentially segregate Web traffic into fast and slow lanes depending on how much the websites paid.
While not a dramatic revision of Wheeler's proposal, the new draft is expected to include language that will allow the FCC to ensure that broadband providers don't degrade the traffic of nonpaying customers. It will seek comment on whether such "paid prioritization" should be prohibited altogether.
The new draft will also invite comments on whether broadband Internet service should be considered a public utility, which would subject it to greater regulation. The FCC has so far not reclassified broadband as a utility, and providers have fiercely opposed such a move, saying it would cause innovation and investment to collapse.
The proposal will be voted on by the other 4 commissioners at their meeting on Thursday.
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