Formal Net neutrality rules …
coming down the pipe from the FCC.
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.
Since mid-2005, the FCC has said it will enforce four broadband policy principles, saying consumers have a right to access the legal Internet content of their choice, and they are entitled to run Web applications and services of their choice.
Welcome news to some.
“The Internet was created and grew up under strict nondiscrimination rules,” said Gigi Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, a digital rights advocacy group. “Those same ideas are as valuable today as they were 10 years ago. Having rules in place will bring a degree of certainty that will help both carriers and consumers alike. Carriers will know what is allowed and what is not; consumers will be relieved to know they will be able to have access to any content and service on a nondiscriminatory basis. ”
Some critics have suggested net neutrality rules would hamper investment in new broadband pipes, because the broadband providers could not control what runs over their networks.
Sohn disagreed. “Rather, as in the past, they will encourage investment in the kinds of innovation and technology that will help move our economy forward,” she said.
Free Press, a media reform group, called the rulemaking a “big win for consumers.”
While others think it’s not a good move.
But Randolph May, president of conservative think tank the Free State Foundation, said it is “discouraging” that the FCC is considering new broadband regulations.
“In light of the way competition is continuing to develop in the broadband marketplace, and with only a few isolated instances of complaints alleging net neutrality-like abuses ever having been filed, it is a mistake for the chairman to propose common carrier-type regulation in the broadband world,” he said.
The mobile-phone and Internet industry would be concerned “about the unintended consequences that net neutrality regulation would have on investments from the very industry that’s helping to drive the U.S. economy,” added Chris Guttman-McCabe, vice president of regulatory affairs for CTIA, a mobile trade group. “We believe that this kind of regulation is unnecessary in the competitive wireless space as it would prevent carriers from managing their networks — such as curtailing viruses and other harmful content — to the benefit of their consumers.” (Source: Report: FCC Will Formalize Net Neutrality Rule – CIO.com)
What do you think?
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Posted on September 19, 2009, in computer network, Federal Government, Technology, Technology News, Web and tagged Business, Federal Communications Commission, Free Press, Mobile phone, Network neutrality, Public Knowledge, Telecommunications, Wall Street Journal. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Formal Net neutrality rules ….