FCC to draft net neutrality rules, taking step toward Web regulation

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Thursday to begin crafting rules to prevent Internet providers from acting as gatekeepers over which services and content are delivered to their customers, the agency’s surest step yet toward regulating the rules of the road online.The federal government previously had taken a largely hands-off approach to Web regulation but decided to act as concerns grew that telecommunications giants such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon could begin to favor their products and services over others.To read this report in The Washington Post in full, see:
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/22/AR2009102204462.htmlAlso see:FCC Considers Internet Data Rules
The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday on whether the Internet needs rules to stop large telecom companies from discriminating against their rivals. Telecom companies vigorously oppose what’s called “net neutrality,” saying unfettered access will clog their “pipes.” Supporters say the telecoms have a track record of slowing and even blocking access to sites offering large files, such as video.
www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114029913FCC sets Internet regulation in motion
The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously Thursday to get the ball rolling on creating regulation that will keep the Internet open.All five commissioners voted in favor of advancing the rule-making process for a proposal that was put forth by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski during the agency’s open meeting Thursday.
news.cnet.com/8301-30686_3-10381355-266.htmlNet Neutrality: Why the Internet will never be free. For anything. So get used to it
Call it Net Neutrality if you want, but it doesn’t exist, nor is it required when you already have antitrust, regulatory and other local and state, and international law in place. Choice, innovation and open access are the principles in a free enterprise competitive market, not the halls of government.

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