FCC And Net Neutrality


In a recent interview by Cecilia Kang in the Washington Post, Julius Genachowski, the Chairman of the FCC, made some interesting comments about his (and the FCC’s) role in fostering net neutrality. It makes for an interesting read and cause for some serious thinking.

Rules, rules, rules

Within the first three months of taking this job, Genachowski commented that the four principles that the FCC developed for net neutrality;

Network operators cannot prevent users from

  1. accessing lawful Internet content,
  2. using applications, and
  3. selecting and using services of their choice,
  4. nor can they prohibit users from attaching non-harmful devices to the network.

The goal of the open Internet proceeding will be to develop sensible rules of the road. Rules clear enough to provide predictability and certainty, and flexible enough to anticipate and welcome ongoing technological evolution

Julius Genachowski, FCC Chair

needed some supporting principles so in a recent speech in September Genachowski proposed two additional principles;

  1. Prevent Internet access providers from discriminating against particular Internet content or applications, while allowing for reasonable network management,
  2. Ensure that Internet access providers are transparent about the network management practices they implement.

Seems logical to me and forms the basis of future policy discussion.

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  1. Verizon CEO and net neutrality | Shulist Group Inc.:

    [...] he had an opportunity to evaluate and critically review the proposed rules that the FCC proposed some time ago he chose instead to carry on about how it would negatively impact the ROI of carriers and stifle [...]

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