FCC head to revise net neutrality rules

WSJ (paywall):

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is revising proposed rules for regulating broadband Internet, including offering assurances that the agency won’t allow companies to segregate Web traffic into fast and slow lanes.

The new language by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to be circulated as early as Monday is an attempt to address criticism of his proposal unveiled last month that would ban broadband providers from blocking or slowing down websites but allow them to strike deals in which content companies could pay them for faster delivery of Web content to customers.

Bottom line, the original plan allowed for “paid prioritization” (fast lanes and slow lanes on the net) and the new language specifically disallows it. Hoping this plays out as stated and doesn’t get softened by corrupt influences.

  • Sigivald

    Why am I supposed to be against “fast lanes”, exactly?

    Welcome to the entire history of the internet from day one.

    Colocation is the fast lane. Peering is the pretty fast and cheap lane. Transit access is the pretty fast and not cheap lane. And the reason is that bandwidth ain’t free.

    There was never a “slow lane”, and the State’s dead hand here isn’t “saving the internet”. If we’re lucky it won’t manage to do much damage, at least.

    (If it gets written such that it bans colocation or peering [outright or in effect, by demanding that transit traffic never be slower or more expensive than peered] it will be purely negative in impact.

    I stand with Richard Bennett against “net neutrality” as pushed by Google and now Netflix.)