FCC Chair Proposes New Broadband Rules to Block Internet’s ‘Openness’

December 1, 2010

(ChattahBox U.S. News)—FCC Chair Julius Genachowski has created a proposal that would allow broadband companies to employ usage-based pricing scales that would make Internet use more pricey for customers who digest more data than those who simply check their email, but could face opposition from House Republicans, the New York Times reports.

Under the proposal, broadband providers will also be prohibited from blocking lawful content delivered over wires to homes or offices, and wireless providers would have to agree not to block certain applications that compete with their own services, the Times reports. Genachowski believes his proposal will allow the Internet to continue to serve as an incubator for start-up companies, noting that “there are real risks to the Internet’s continued freedom and openness.”

Genachowski could face an uphill battle within the court system and Capitol Hill, as the FCC has previously classified the Internet as an “information service” not subject to the same rate review requirements as those categories classified as “telecommunications services,” the Times notes.


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