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FCC Approves Net Neutrality

Written on December 22, 2010 by Japhet Writ

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Under the rules, two years in the making, no provider may block another company's traffic. However, it may offer "faster" access to companies willing to pay more.

If only a “successful deal” meant everyone involved leaves the table unsatisfied, then the approved is definitely for the win. The Federal Communications Commission or approved the rules that is two years in the making. Based on the new regulation, no provider may block another company’s traffic. However, they can offer faster access to companies that can afford to pay more.

There are six principles that empower the new order:

1. Transparency. Consumers and innovators have a right to know the basic performance characteristics of their Internet access and how their network is being managed.

2. No Blocking. A right to send and receive lawful traffic. This prohibits blocking of lawful content, apps, services, and the connection of non-harmful devices to the network

3. Level Playing Field. A right to a level playing field. A ban on unreasonable discrimination. No approval for so-called “pay for priority” arrangements involving fast lanes for some companies but not others.

4. Network Management. An allowance for broadband providers to engage in reasonable network management. These rules don’t forbid providers from offering subscribers tiers of service or charging based on bandwidth consumed.

5. Mobile. Broadly applicable rules requiring transparency for mobile broadband providers, and prohibiting them from blocking websites and certain competitive applications.

6. Vigilance. Creation of an Open Internet Advisory Committee to assist the Commission in monitoring the state of Internet openness and the effects of our rules.

People who believe that companies have the right to manipulate the way they offer their product to consumers, may deem that this new freedom was abridged by a government eager to make amendments. On the other hand, there are people who see this two-tiered pricing structure as a way to block unwanted traffic by increasing its competitor’s efficiency, or by slowing down their relationship to premium traffic. Regardless, these concepts may be seen as large loopholes, and it will only take a minute before either part of the spectrum files their first motion.

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