FCC Chief to Propose New Rules for How Firms Control Internet Traffic

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission plans to propose rules Monday that would prevent telecommunications, cable and wireless companies from blocking or slowing Internet traffic related to specific applications or services, according to sources at the agency.Julius Genachowski will discuss the rules during a keynote speech at the Brookings Institution, the sources said Friday. He isn’t expected to drill into many details, but the proposal is expected to call for expanded guidelines on how operators like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast control traffic on their networks. One proposed rule would prevent them from discriminating, or act as gatekeepers, of legal Web content and applications.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/18/AR2009091803596.htmlAlso see:Report: FCC will formalize Net neutrality rule [IDG]
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is planning to create formal rules against Internet providers selectively blocking or slowing traffic, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will announce net neutrality rulemaking during a speech Monday, the Journal reported. Net neutrality rules would prohibit Internet providers from blocking or slowing their customers’ access to Web sites or Web applications. A FCC spokeswoman did not immediately return a message seeking confirmation of the Journal story.

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