FCC Publishes Net Neutrality Rules2015-03-13 10:22 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, Net Neutrality
The Federal Communications Commission has released the text of its Net neutrality rules. Titled "Open Internet FCC-15-24A1," the document consists of 400 pages. However, the actual rules span to only eight pages at the end of the document.
The agency approved the rules last month but did not release the order itself then. According to them, broadband is reclassified as a telecom service rather than an information service.
"The open Internet drives the American economy and serves, every day, as a critical tool for America's citizens to conduct commerce, communicate, educate, entertain, and engage in the world around them. The benefits of an open Internet are undisputed," the document reads.
The rules totally prohibit broadband providers from offering paid prioritization services and from blocking or slowing traffic on their networks.
"Although there are arguments that some forms of paid prioritization could be beneficial, the practical difficulty is this: the threat of harm is overwhelming, case-by-case enforcement can be cumbersome for individual consumers or edge providers, and there is no practical means to measure the extent to which edge innovation and investment would be chilled," the FCC said.
Reasonable network management, however, is encouraged and now mobile carriers are also concerned by the rules.
"With mobile broadband service now subject to the same rules as fixed broadband service, the Order expressly recognizes that evaluation of network management practices will take into account the additional challenges involved in the management of mobile networks, including the dynamic conditions under which they operate," the rules say. "It also recognizes the specific network management needs of other technologies, such as unlicensed Wi-Fi networks."
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