FCC to allow Internet ‘fast lanes’

by Kate Tummarello, The Hill
April 24, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission is considering new net neutrality rules that would allow Internet providers to charge content companies like Neflix for faster speeds, according to multiple reports.

Earlier this year, a federal court struck down the agency’s net neutrality rules, which had kept Internet providers like Verizon and Comcast from slowing or blocking access to certain websites.

While the rules’ proponents said the rules kept the Internet open, Internet providers — led by Verizon, who brought the suit against the FCC — said the agency’s order kept them from finding the most innovative ways to manage network traffic.

After the court decision, Wheeler pledged to rewrite the rules.

According to The Wall Street Journal, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing rules that would prohibit Internet providers from blocking or slowing access to certain sites but would allow them to strike “commercially reasonable” deals with websites to improve users’ access to those sites.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • JT1964 says:

    Gee, wonder if those charges will be handed along to the consumer? LOL Title should read: FCC Plans to Tax Americans for Faster Internet Speed. Looks to me like just another humping from the Good Ol Boys from DC.

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