Net Neutrality is a hot topic and is getting a lot of press (New Yorker Blog). How the ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit against neutral network regulations (Computer World article) could put an end to the Internet as we know it. Essentially the ruling will allow cable and other carriers to restrict the performance of competing services using technical mechanisms. This type of ʻpreferred performanceʼ has been argued to stifle competition and could go so far as to impact businesses ability to interact with cloud services that arenʼt provided by their Internet Service Provider.
Well, this week the FCC (which is now led by a former cable industry lobbyist) proposed a ruling that would make these possibilities a reality.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will take public comments before moving forward with a new set of net neutrality rules that sparked controversy when they were leaked in a news report earlier Wednesday.
The FCC will release a proposal soon to reinstate net neutrality rules that would allow broadband providers to negotiate with content providers for preferential treatment, an agency official
Some digital rights groups called the pay-for-priority proposal, reported earlier in a Wall Street Journal article, the death of net neutrality at the FCC.
But the FCC, in an upcoming meeting, will vote on whether to open the net neutrality proposal up to public comments, though the plan is not finalized, the agency official said.
Under the proposal, “broadband providers would be required to offer a baseline level of service to their subscribers, along with the ability to enter into individual negotiations with content providers,” the official said by email. “In all instances, broadband providers would need to act in a commercially reasonable manner subject
to [FCC] review on a case-by-case basis.”
The FCC will seek comment on “exactly what the baseline level of service would be, the construction of a ʻcommercially reasonableʼ standard, and the manner in which disputes would be resolved,”
the official added.