US justice department warns against ‘net neutrality’ rules

7 Sep 2007

In a blow to the campaign for the introduction of so-called ‘net neutrality’ rules in the United States, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) has aligned itself with the country’s telecoms operators, warning that such a move would block carriers from charging content providers premium prices to prioritise some web traffic. Although the final decision on new regulations for how broadband internet providers transmit and deliver internet traffic lies in the hands of the regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the DoJ’s statement is a bitter blow to the likes of Google, Microsoft, Amazon and eBay – all of whom were championing net neutrality provisioning. Proponents of the plan say the move would curb the ability of big telecoms carriers such as AT&T and Verizon, and cablecos like Comcast which would like to be able to charge certain users extra fees for carrying web content such as video-streaming, reports The Financial Times.