On March 12, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published its Open Internet order, rules that are designed to protect net neutrality. Since then, the independent agency of the United States government faced a number of legal challenges from several telecom companies that are eager to bring down the new regulations of the agency.
On May 1, a group of companies filed petition for the commission to delay the implementation of its Open Internet order. The group which petitioned for the FCC to delay includes telecommunications companies like CenturyLink, AT&T, USTelecom, and wireless trade association CTIA. According to the group, reclassifying broadband as a service could be against the public interest. But the FCC did not agree to the group and has been fighting back.
London, Feb 27 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reportedly approved net neutrality rules that will prohibit paid prioritisation, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services in the United States, a report said.
The changes proposed by Chairman Tom Wheeler got the commission's nod after three commissioners voted in favour as opposed to two who voted against it, reported the BBC.
The U. S. Telecommunications Industry Association has asked broadband providers to "immediately" take legal action over the rule changes.
London, Feb 05 - The chairman of the U. S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reportedly proposed a slew of "strong" measures to ensure that the principles of net neutrality are upheld.
Describing his vision as the "strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC," Tom Wheeler said in an article that he intended to impose new restrictions on how fixed line and mobile broadband providers handle data, reported the BBC.
Wheeler explained that he wanted to reclassify internet service providers (ISPs) to make them like any other public utility, in order to ensure that they can be regulated by the watchdog.
He proposed a series of enforceable, bright-line rules that will prohibit paid prioritisation, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.
Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), on Monday pledged to make the telecommunications industry more competitive.
Mr. Wheeler there was a need to make sure that small wireless carriers are capable of competing in the next year's spectrum auction, adding that he was an extreme believer in the power of the marketplace.
He stressed on the need of the FCC's intervention at a time of stifled competition in the telecommunications market.