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From FCC Head Wheeler, a Yellow Light For Internet Fast Lanes

Anonymous Coward writes | about 4 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "FCC Chairmain Tom Wheeler has decided to pack-pedal just a bit on his recent proposal to end the "Open Internet" regulator regime in favor of a system with more liberal rules that could include so-called internet fast lanes, by means of which major ISPs could favor or disfavor different kinds or providers of internet traffic. Says an article at USA Today,

"Wheeler's latest revision doesn't entirely ban Internet fast lanes, leaving room for some public-interest cases like a healthcare company sending electrocardiography results. But unlike his initial proposal last month, Wheeler is proposing to specifically ban certain types of fast-lanes, including prioritization given by ISPs to their subsidiaries that make and stream content, according to an FCC official who wasn't authorized talk about the revisions publicly before the vote.

Wheeler is also open to applying some "common carrier" rules that regulate telephone companies, which would result in more stringent oversight of the ISPs in commercial transactions.""

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