FCC plans rules to enforce net neutrality

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced today that  the FCC will create new rules to prevent carriers from blocking, slowing or favoring particular types of content.

The FCC has used four policy princples since 2005 (download PDF) to make decisions around Net Neutrality. Now two more rules are proposed. The new rules take the positions that broadband operators (both wireless and landline) cannot discriminate against Web content and that operators must make network management transparent.

The new rules are not in effect yet. They will be presented to the FCC in an October meeting. I’m sure we’ll see the opposition to Net Neutrality (Comcast, AT&T and other broadband carriers) step up efforts to prevent this from happening. In the meantime, you can keep up with the folks who advocate net neutrality at Save the Internet.

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