FCC Poised to Pass Net Neutrality Rules
'Fake' neutrality plan doesn't go far enough, critics say
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 21, 2010 5:37 AM CST
The new FCC rules will create two classes of Internet access, broadband and wireless carriers.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – New rules aimed at prohibiting broadband providers from becoming gatekeepers of Internet traffic now have just enough votes to pass the Federal Communications Commission today. The new "net neutrality" rules would prohibit phone and cable companies from abusing their control over broadband connections to discriminate against rival content or services, such as Internet phone calls or online video, or play favorites with Web traffic.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski now has the three votes needed for approval, despite firm opposition from the two Republicans on the five-member commission. Genachowski's two fellow Democrats said yesterday they will vote for the rules, even though they consider them too weak. Public interest groups also say the new rules don't go far enough, complaining that the "fake net neutrality" proposal has far too many loopholes, including one giving wireless carriers much more scope to manage data traffic than fixed-line carriers.

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Dec 21, 2010 11:05 AM CST
If you want to see the vote on this actually happening LIVE go here: http://www.savetheinternet.com/FCCmeeting
Dec 21, 2010 11:00 AM CST
Fix the easy stuff, but ignore the hard problems. The border needs protection! But Washington ignores real problems that are very difficult to solve. Instead, DC permits drug deals to control our borders and sometimes kill our citizens and border patrol agents. Washington has never seen a problem too big not to ignore.
Dec 21, 2010 9:42 AM CST
It's about time Net Neutrality is addressed.