Saturday, September 19, 2009

FCC to announce net neutrality rules to providers soon

On Saturday, the AP and CNN reported that the Federal Communications Commission plans to issue new administrative “network neutrality” rules to ISP’s. A link for the AP report by Brian Cubbison is here. The rules will be announced Monday Sept. 21 at a speech at the Brookings Institution.

ISP’s and telecommunications providers would be prohibited from interfering with the speed of transmission of user applications in certain circumstances. This would protect them from liability of course (the old Section 230 issue) but could affect their plans to cut off home users who over consume. That part isn’t clear.

The broadband infrastructure must accommodate itself to a world in which users expect much more bandwidth, as for movies on demand.

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