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F.C.C. Publishes New Rules on Internet 'net neutrality'

     
5:02 pm on Sep 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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F.C.C. Publishes New Rules on Internet 'net neutrality' [latimes.com]
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission today called for more aggressive action to keep online traffic moving freely, proposing two new government policies to prevent telecommunications companies from restricting websites and other services on the Internet.

The two new FCC rules would govern how Internet service providers such as AT&T Inc. and Time Warner Cable Inc. manage their networks, enshrining so-called "network neutrality" into the agency's policy. Under the proposal from FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, network operators would be prohibited from discriminating against the type of data traveling through their systems and would have to be clear about how they manage their networks.

The rules would apply to Internet access no matter how it is delivered -- over coaxial cable, fiber-optic lines or wirelessly on mobile devices.

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6:09 pm on Sept 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

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This would be awesome. I get frustrated with AT&T deciding which apps I can run on my iPhone based on who they want to let use the bandwidth and who they don't.
6:05 am on Sept 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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It's a refreshing change to see policy initiatives that actually make sense. Yes, I read the whole thing earlier today.
4:57 pm on Sept 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Great news for the little guy, IMO.
6:50 pm on Sept 22, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Very good news indeed.