FCC Chooses Middle Ground In Enforcing Net Neutrality

The FCC (Federal Communications Committee) has found a new way to apply net neutrality rules so all facilitators of broadband web would have to treat customers the same.

The proposal comes as a result of an issue with Comcast in April after the federal appeals court ruled that the company had limited authority to regulate broadband Internet.

According to the LA Times, “FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement that the Comcast decision had created a ‘serious problem’ and that his agency believes more regulation of broadband Internet service is needed, though not the heavier restrictions that apply to telephone companies.”

The FCC has generally had a light touch when it comes to regulating the Internet, but that all changed when Comcast “won a court ruling that said the FCC had overstepped its authority in forcing the company to give its subscribers equal access to all online content providers.”  Comcast has previously limited downloading of large files that slowed Internet speeds for other customers.  The proposal from the FCC chairman would put direct control under the committee.

Of course, not everyone is pleased by this idea.

Comcast issued a very careful statement that asked for the FCC not to stop or slow the innovative process while Verizon just came out and said, “We don’t like this,” (essentially- I’m paraphrasing).

The proposal is just a proposal at the moment.  There will be a series of meetings to tweak and change bits after which there will be a vote by five of the committee members.