FCC Chairman to Reword Net Neutrality Proposal
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is prepared to alter the language in his proposed rules regarding net neutrality. As written, the rules would allow broadband providers to collect tolls for internet fast lanes. Opponents argue the idea, called paid prioritization, would by default create slow lanes composed of non-prioritized traffic. According to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal, Wheeler aims to make it clearer in his proposal that the FCC will heavily examine any paid prioritization agreements to make sure they don't create an unfair disadvantage for non-paying companies. Further, the Journal's sources indicate Wheeler will seek comment on whether or not the paid prioritization agreements should be allowed at all, as well as examine if major broadband providers should be required to offer similar terms to any company seeking paid prioritization. Wheeler will also seek comment on whether or not the internet should be regulated as a utility. It's unclear if Wheeler's new verbiage will pacify those who've railed against the proposal. For the moment, the FCC is still scheduled to vote on the rules May 15.
FCC Moves Forward with Controversial Net Neutrality Plan
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 today in favor of advancing Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed net neutrality rules. The rules will allow for the creation of an internet fast lane by permitting broadband providers to charge content creators for prioritized traffic.
FCC Chief Says Title II Is the Way Forward for Net Neutrality
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler believes both mobile and wired networks need to be regulated as utilities. In an opinion piece published by Wired, Wheeler outlined the broad strokes of his plan, which he believes will protect consumers and still promote investment in broadband.
Senators Weigh In On FCC's Net Neutrality Plan
Ten U.S. Senators have requested that Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, strike from his proposed net neutrality rules those that would allow for the creation of a fast lane.
FCC Officially Approves New Net Neutrality Regulations
The FCC today voted 3-2 along party lines to implement new regulations over broadband services. The rules seek to reclassify broadband services as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which will put them under stricter government oversight.
Internet Corps Push FCC to Keep the Internet Open
A collective of 150 technology companies, including Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo, today sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission pleading with the agency to reconsider its current net neutrality proposal. As proposed, the agency would permit what amounts to fast lanes for companies that pay broadband companies extra fees.