Saturday, May 17, 2014

No, the FCC Did Not Allow “Fast Lanes” on the Internet, Yet

by Matt Powers on May 16, 2014

This week, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) held an Open Meeting to propose new rules regarding regulation of Internet service providers (ISPs), such as Verizon and Comcast. The proposed rules would entail one of two paths: permission for implementing commercially reasonable arrangements such as paid prioritization—sometimes called “fast lanes”—or enable the banning of paid prioritization for ISPs. If we must choose between a full prohibition and being granted permission to have services charged more liberally, it would be best to have “fast lanes” permitted by the FCC.

To clarify, the so-called “fast lane” proposal could allow ISPs to provide faster and stronger connections to content providers in exchange for higher fees. Opponent fear that this would let ISPs purposely provide certain companies slower connections, or cut off access altogether to competing companies or start-ups with less resources.  ….To Read More……

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