Previously DailyTech reported that the US House Committee
approved the net neutrality bill which secured a solid future for consumers
and prevents large telcos from creating tiered networks. However, a new update
on the initial proposals is making progress, which promises to add a price increase
for Internet services and possibly threaten net neutrality. Called the
Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement Act (COPE), the act plans
to allow local governments to collect up to five percent to put towards
developing high speed broadband access.
The COPE act goes beyond local municipality interests and also gives telcos and
cable companies the ability to create franchises on a national scale. However,
what if a telco is the only company offering broadband access in a local area? COPE
addresses that too. To keep monopolistic practices at bay and keep prices fair,
the COPE act plans to regulate what a service provider can and cannot do when
it is the only presence in a local area. This is of course good news for users
who rely on a sole company for Internet access.
Interestingly, many Internet advocate
groups oppose the COPE act indicating that it is a new threat to net
neutrality. The groups indicated that while the act did prevent certain things
from happening, it did not have enough details about regulations defined. Many
companies including Verizon however disagreed, saying that the COPE act does
not say anything that would give a telco power over what goes across its
network. In the end, many feared that while the net neutrality bill had been
passed, the COPE act steps in the way with ambiguity and uncertainty.