a long history of
debate, Google and Verizon finally came to a basic
framework of proposed net neutrality policy. The policy
would look to regulate wired traffic, ensuring that "legal"
traffic was not slowed and that ISPs would not be able to charge
premiums for "speed lanes".The Federal
Communications Commission, which is currently in the process of
crafting net neutrality legislation to bring
before Congress, was surprisingly dismissive of the proposal
in a brief public comment.FCC Chairman Michael
Copps remarks [PDF],
"Some will claim this announcement moves the discussion
forward. That's one of its many problems. It is time to move a
decision forward—a decision to reassert FCC authority over
broadband telecommunications, to guarantee an open Internet now and
forever, and to put the interests of consumers in front of the
interests of giant corporations."The comment raises
questions about exactly what kind of net neutrality "authority"
the FCC is seeking over the nation's ISPs and internet wires.
After all, the Google/Verizon proposal called for mild
FCC regulation and a fine architecture for those who don't
comply, with fines of up to $2M USD.It should be interesting
to see exactly what the FCC has in mind instead.The FCC
taking input from Google, Verizon, AT&T, Microsoft, and others in
the process of crafting its net neutrality legislation. It is
unclear when it will finish the draft of its legislation for
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