Monday, September 21, 2009

FCC to Propose Net Neutrality Rules

Today the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made advances in enforcing a policy of Internet neutrality (as described in this New York Times article). In a speech to the Brookings Institution, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed that the FCC add two new principles of net neutrality to the four principles currently guiding its enforcement of Internet access (see this FCC press release for more details). These new principles would forbid Internet access providers from discriminating against particular Internet content or applications and would require providers to be transparent about their network management practices. The FCC will begin making rules associated with the four initial principles, and the two new ones, in October.

You can also find a transcript of Chairman Genachowski's speech on the FCC's website. For additional resources, see our guide to telecommunications.

1 comment:

  1. As I've been reading various comments, I agree with some of them where they state they have some mixed feelings about this idea being both good and maybe not so good. As long as it does not interrupt too much of the ISPs. Of course, we may not know that until the basic "trial and error" take place.