The Federal Communications Commission is planning to vote on draft rules for an open Internet on Dec. 21. Next up: A wide range of reaction and a framework that won’t completely satisfy anyone. The news comes as Comcast and Level 3 are bickering over fees that have stoked the net neutrality debate again. In prepared remarks, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said an open Internet order will deliver a framework that addresses the following goals: Ensure the Internet is a platform for innovation and job growth; Protect free expression; Create regulatory certainty; And spur investment. Specifically, the proposal breaks down like this: Consumers will have a transparent view into how networks are being managed. This information will allow consumers to make a decision on whether to subscribe or use a particular broadband network. Consumers and innovators “have a right to send and receive lawful Internet traffic — to go where they want and say what they want online, and to use the devices of their choice.” Blocking legal content, apps, devices and services is prohibited. No central authority should be able to pick winners or losers by discriminating against “lawful network traffic.” Meanwhile, broadband providers should have the “meaningful flexibility” to… Read full this story
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