FCC Proposal Fights for Open Internet

The Federal Communications Commission Chairman (and Obama’s Harvard classmate) Julius Genachowski outlined in his speech this morning the proposal to stop Internet providers from favoring or discriminating against Internet traffic over their networks. If it works, the FCC won’t allow, let’s say, Verizon from slowing down Skype to make their own applications seem faster.

Genachowski said the end goal here is to reserve the open Internet as a platform for innovation, investment, job creation, competition, and “free expression.”

And the “network neutruality” rules, if enacted, will mean the following for consumers:

  1. Americans will have the right to access lawful content without being discriminated against. No central government can tell you what you can and can’t look at.
  2. All consumers have the right to know basic information about their broadband service, so they can make an informed decision about which network to subscribe to.
  3. Individuals’ right to say what they want will be protected from censorship by corporations.

The FCC seeks to regulate net neutrality, the principle that “the flow of content should remain open and unrestricted.

But is the proposal airtight? Some are skeptical: New York calls the proposal “likely to disappoint,” while bloggers on Huffington Post label it “garbage.”

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