Monday, November 10, 2014

Obama asks FCC to classify ISP's as telecommunications providers

President Obama has announced that he will encourage the Federal Communications Commission to reclassify internet service providers as telecommunications providers (like older phone companies), to guarantee the legal basis of network neutrality.  Obama said blunty that ISP’s have no business monitoring which websites a consumer visits. 

This announcement would seem to apply to conventional land cable or fios based broadband, but not to wireless.
This announcement would seem to put to bed the idea of a “tiered” plan, which the FCC believed appropriate for some extreme uses of bandwidth (like gaming sites).  

The president's announcement seems to be a reaction to a New York Times editorial Sunday that had supported a "hybrid" approach, link here

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