New Net Neutrality Proposal from the FCC
After the “Open Internet Order” was thrown out earlier this year, the FCC announced a new proposal for enforcing net neutrality. While it still maintains that ISPs cannot discriminate against content, they can “enter into individual negotiations with content providers” to prioritize service, so long as the ISP acts in a “commercially reasonable manner.”
In other words, if passed, an ISP could give preferential treatment to content from companies that agree to pay extra.
According to Tim Wu, a Law Professor at Columbia University and expert on Net Neutrality, "there is no such thing as accelerating some traffic without degrading other traffic."
The FCC has stated that this plan is not yet finalized, and may decide to take public comments before instating it.
Socket is still committed to the principles of Net Neutrality. Like we’ve said before, it’s your Internet. Use it! To contact an FCC chairperson, visit http://www.fcc.gov/leadership.