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FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality Rules This Month

Dec 02, 2010, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kenneth Corbin)

"More than a year after first announcing plans to develop binding rules aimed at protecting the free flow of services and applications over the Internet, the head of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday said he will bring a net neutrality order to a vote when the agency meets later this month.

"FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski billed the proposal as a compromise, saying the rules would afford service providers sufficient flexibility to manage their networks and root out unlawful or malicious traffic, while barring them from blocking legitimate content.

""The record and the proceeding that we've run over the past year, as well as history, shows that there are real risks to the Internet's continued freedom and openness. Broadband providers have natural business incentives to leverage their position as gatekeepers to the Internet," Genachowski said this morning. "The proposed open Internet framework is designed to guard against these risks, while recognizing the legitimate needs and interests of broadband providers."

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