26 Feb '15, 8pm

FCC Votes "Yes" on Net Neutrality

FCC Votes "Yes" on Net Neutrality

As expected, the Federal Communications Commission today approved proposed Net Neutrality rules by a 3 to 2 vote. Two Democrats joined FCC chairman Tom Wheeler in voting for the rules. Two Republicans dissented at great length. The audience at the open meeting greeted the approval with loud applause. The rules apply to both wireless and fixed broadband. At the heart of the FCC proposal are three "bright line rules" embraced by net neutrality advocates. They bar broadband providers from blocking or throttling legal content and services transmitted over the Internet, and prohibit providers from charging content or service providers such as Netflix a premium for high-speed connections. The Internet is too important to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules.—Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman Throttling became a hot-button issue after widespread claims that cable com...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/telecom/internet/fcc-v...

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