Net Neutrality: Is it Possible?

Posted by on May 6, 2010 in Business News, Business Technology, VoIP [ 0 Comments ]

The FCC has been debating new Internet rules for broadband use, and the newest development comes from FCC chairman Julius Genachowski who, “has decided to regulate Internet lines to protect net neutrality, siding with consumer groups and Internet companies worried that Internet providers have too much power,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

The new proposed broadband plan is due to the fact consumer groups are asking the government to treat ISPs the same way other telecommunications are regulated.  Which means the FCC would have to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service, “which would be subject to “common carrier” obligations to share networks and treat all traffic equally.”

For the moment the FCC regulates broadband as only an informational service. With the popularity of VoIP it would seem people are using broadband for other types of services other than information.  TechCrunch writer MG Siegler believes that to attain net neutrality the FCC needs to, “create more competition in the market. If there’s true competition, net neutrality would be less of an issue because people would just switch to a different provider if the one they’re on tries to block certain sites, or throttles others. Unfortunately, right now, consumers can’t do that because ISPs have monopolies in many areas of the country.”

It is going to be some time before all of this is straightened out, but it seems to be an interesting time for ISPs and telephone companies.

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