Tuesday, 23 January 2018

FCC to police net neutrality with tweaked Title II regs

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 27 February 15

Decision met with cheers from consumer advocates and loud jeers from Verizon.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has narrowly voted in favour of enforcing net neutrality under Title II of the Communications Act, drawing praise from consumer advocates and ire from industry players. The new rules reclassifies broadband access as a telecommunication service as opposed to an information service, subjecting it to stricter rules governing how operators manage traffic on their networks. Specifically, broadband providers will be prevented from blocking access to legal content, applications, and services. 'Non-harmful' devices must also not be prevented from connecting to networks. Broadband providers will also be banned from degrading the performance of Internet services on the basis of content…

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has narrowly voted in favour of enforcing net neutrality under Title II of the Communications Act, drawing praise from consumer advocates and ire from industry players. The new rules reclassifies broadband access as a telecommunication service as opposed to an information service, subjecting it to stricter rules governing how operators manage traffic on their networks. Specifically, broadband providers will be prevented from blocking access to legal content, applications, and services. 'Non-harmful' devices must also not be prevented from connecting to networks. Broadband providers will also be banned from degrading the performance of Internet services on the basis of content…

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