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From FCC Head Wheeler, a Yellow Light For Internet Fast Lanes 149

Posted by timothy
from the what-I-meant-was dept.
An anonymous reader writes "FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has decided to back-pedal just a bit on his recent proposal to end the "Open Internet" regulation regime in favor of a system with more liberal rules that could include so-called internet fast lanes, by means of which major ISPs could favor or disfavor different kinds or providers of internet traffic. Says an article at USA Today, 'Wheeler's latest revision doesn't entirely ban Internet fast lanes, leaving room for some public-interest cases like a healthcare company sending electrocardiography results. But unlike his initial proposal last month, Wheeler is proposing to specifically ban certain types of fast-lanes, including prioritization given by ISPs to their subsidiaries that make and stream content, according to an FCC official who wasn't authorized talk about the revisions publicly before the vote. Wheeler is also open to applying some "common carrier" rules that regulate telephone companies, which would result in more stringent oversight of the ISPs in commercial transactions.'" Update: 05/13 16:37 GMT by T : Oops -- I missed this earlier, substantially similar story.
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From FCC Head Wheeler, a Yellow Light For Internet Fast Lanes

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  • Victory..? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by barlevg (2111272) on Tuesday May 13, 2014 @12:23PM (#46990565)
    We're getting some common carrier stuff, ISPs can't prioritize the traffic from their parent/subsidiary companies... and it sounds like high priority non-controversial "fast lanes" (I don't mind my internet running a little slower so someone can get their MRI transmitted faster) are the only ones getting the green light. So did we win? Or am I missing something?
  • Re:Victory..? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by alen (225700) on Tuesday May 13, 2014 @12:45PM (#46990783)

    i have no problem with ISP's charging netflix for peering or level 3/cogent to make them pay for more ports to deliver netflix traffic,

    only if they charge the prevailing transit rates

    i'm all for open internet, but the SENDER of the content has had to always be the one to pay for their delivery costs to deliver data to the user. that's the way its' been for the last 20 some years.

    i use netflix, but i don't want my ISP bill going up to pay for the minority of people who binge watch shows all day and are nothing more than couch potatoes, except the do it on IP TV

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