The net neutrality fight will enter a new phase on Tuesday when the embattled head of the Federal Communications Commission faces questioning from Congress over his controversial proposal to revamp how the Internet works. Writes Gerry Smith on Huffingtonpost FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's solo appearance before the House subcommittee on communications and technology comes just days after the commission voted 3 to 2 to move forward with proposed rules that would allow Internet providers to charge Web companies like Netflix for faster access to customers. The proposed rules sparked a firestorm of criticism from advocates and tech companies who believe a so-called "two-lane Internet" would violate the popular notion of net neutrality, or the idea that all Web traffic should be treated equally.
The proposed rules, drafted by Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, and his staff, would allow Internet service providers to charge companies different rates for faster connection speeds. Daniel Rosenbaum for The New York Times By EDWARD WYATT April 23, 2014 for Ne WASHINGTON — The principle that all Internet content should be treated equally as it flows through cables and pipes to consumers looks all but dead. The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that it would propose new rules that allow companies like Disney, Google or Netflix to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster lanes to send video and other content to their customers. The proposed changes would affect what is known
A federal appeals court has struck down the FCC's "net neutrality" rules, siding with Verizon in a case that could allow internet service providers to charge — or restrict — internet access based on customers' or companies' usage. The FCC said it may appeal the ruling. For years, the FCC has required that broadband web service providers treat all traffic equally, and not restrict or promote certain web sites or services or discriminate in favor of sites they own over competing companies. That appears to have come to an end today based on a technicality, according to a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The judges appeared to be sympathetic to the FCC's attempt to write rules requiring equal treatment of web traffic, but decided that the agency does