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FCC approves network neutrality rules

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By Brittany Cooper

The Federal Communications Commission approved new rules in the effort to prohibit broadband companies from interfering with their customer's web traffic.

What's known as "net neutrality," not everyone is in favor of these new rules.

In a narrow 3 to 2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission approved network neutrality rules to ban cable and phone companies from favoring or discriminating against internet content.
The FCC’s three Democrats voted in favor, while the two Republicans voted against.

CNET Executive Director Molly Wood said, "The FCC's regulations aren't really popular with anyone on either side of the issue. Sometimes that's a good thing; meaning they've been able to walk the line and come up with a good compromise."

Wood believes there will be more litigation than regulation at first. She said, "The FCC Chairman says they have the legal authority to enforce these regulations, he's willing to take it all the way to the courts."

So how does all this affect the consumer?

First with the good news, internet service providers won't be able to block any content. "So they can't slow down or refuse to deliver Netflix because they offer their own video on-demand package."

But Woods states it could make way for internet pricing. She said, "So your provider could say, we're going to offer you a package that's $40 a month, but it only offers 200 GB of data."

Owen Robbins, president of KRRS systems says this type of regulation will begin to destroy the internet, a system he considers to be, unbroken.

Robbins said, "The internet is the best contemporary example when left alone of how the marketplace succeeds and grows and works. When you regulate, you remove water from the garden, which is freedom."

But there are exceptions for wireless providers. The FCC will not prohibit them from unreasonable discrimination, instead will watch the industry.




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