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FCC Says Wireless Providers Need to Offer 'Open Internet'

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Sep 21, 2009, 8:52 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper
updated Sep 21, 2009, 10:33 AM

This morning chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Julius Genachowski spoke about new rules that the agency is considering. Among them, Genachowski said that wireless internet providers should not be allowed to block certain types of content or services from transiting their networks. He noted that wireless providers should have to abide by the same rules that apply to wired broadband providers in providing unrestricted access to content and services. Genachowski proposed that six new rules be adopted. Four of the rules were proposed five years ago by then-FCC Chairman Powell. Rules five and six are being put forth by Genachowski. They state that internet service providers cannot discriminate against any sort of traffic, nor give better service to others, and that the providers need to be transparent about their network management techniques.

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Will the FCC remove all bandwidth restrictions? stevelvl Sep 21, 2009, 3:00 PM
Great, but needs clarification. murmermer Sep 21, 2009, 10:56 AM
Prices will go up CellStudent Sep 22, 2009, 2:22 PM
Goodbye 20$ data plan, hello 80$ data plan. stevelvl Sep 21, 2009, 3:09 PM
Verizon and sling media ccanady Sep 21, 2009, 10:49 AM
Huzzah for Net Neutrality! japhy Sep 21, 2009, 9:46 AM
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