Saturday, November 01, 2014

F.C.C. Considering Hybrid Regulatory Approach to Net Neutrality - NYTimes.com

Also see No One Is Willing to Compromise on Internet Rules (Bloomberg Businessweek)

"By taking a split-the-baby approach to net neutrality, the commission would seek to avoid putting consumer Internet service under a burdensome utilitylike regulatory regime. Critics of such an approach say it would discourage investment and slow the type of technological advances that have fueled the growth of online systems.

However, the hybrid approach would apply Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 to the connection between Internet service providers, or I.S.P.s, and content providers. For the purpose of agreeing to transport content from a company like Netflix through its network, an I.S.P. would be treated as a “common carrier,” subject to stricter regulation.

In that instance, an I.S.P., as a common carrier, could not give an unfair advantage to one content provider over another."
F.C.C. Considering Hybrid Regulatory Approach to Net Neutrality - NYTimes.com
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