US FCC fumbles ball on net neutrality: yes for fixed, not really for mobile

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which has the power to set the rules for use and, more importantly, charging for internet use in the US, has passed “limited” net neutrality rules by a 3-2 vote which split along Democratic (yes) and Republican (no) party lines.It seems to have done the right thing – defending neutrality – for fixed-line broadband, but fumbled it on mobile, and the reason it gives for the latter is astonishing: it’s because Android is open. Mull on that as we go along.To read this report in The Guardian in full, see:
www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/dec/22/net-neutrality-internetAlso see:FCC passes first net neutrality rules
The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to approve its first ever Internet access regulation, which ensures unimpeded access to any legal Web content for home Internet users.The FCC’s three Democratic members made up a majority of votes in favor of the so-called net neutrality regulation, which was introduced more than a year ago by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
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