In What Could Be a Major Blow to Internet Service Providers Such as Cable Operators and Phone Companies, FCC Chairman Is Contemplating Open Net Rules

Sep 21, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Speaking Monday at the Brookings Institution, new FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski clarified his support for net neutrality, reports ComputerWorld. He also asserted his intention to codify and expand the Four Freedoms, extending them to all broadband connections, Wired.com reported.

"(W)e cannot know what tomorrow holds on the Internet, except that it will be unexpected; that the genius of American innovators is unlimited; and that the fewer obstacles these innovators face in bringing their work to the world, the greater our opportunity as citizens and as a nation," Genakowski said in his speech.

Net neutrality, in essence, dictates that Internet service providers should transmit data without regard to its content or its source. Genachowski proposed adding two new principles, effective in November: Broadband providers cannot discriminate against services or applications by slowing them down; and broadband providers must tell customers how its engineers manage the network when it gets congested.

Some Internet service providers, such as AT&T and Comcast have some policies that are in contradiction to net neutrality.

–Allison J. Waldman and Chuck Ross


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