FCC relaunches consultation on net neutrality

19 May 2014

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has opened a new public consultation into net neutrality legislation, which could force operators to end discrimination between different online services. The rules will stop operators from prioritising their own product offerings ahead of those of competitors, although the FCC is not closing the door on the idea of paid prioritisation, under which content providers can pay to have their service promoted on an operator’s network as long as this option is available to all providers. While opponents of the legislation are keen to avoid further regulation in the broadband sector, supporters say net neutrality is essential for ensuring that access to internet infrastructure is open and fair for all content companies. The regulator’s proposals are open for comment for 120 days.

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