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U.S. FCC to circulate new proposed net neutrality rules Thursday

24
Apr
2014

U.S. regulators on Thursday will begin to review the specifics of a new set of so-called net neutrality rules aimed at making certain that broadband providers do not slow down or block consumers access to legal Internet content or applications. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday said he plans to circulate his new proposal for the rules, expected to ensure that network operators disclose exactly how they manage Internet traffic and do not restrict consumers as they surf the Web. Wheeler has in the past indicated that the new net neutrality rules were not expected to address the issue of interconnectivity, or agreements in which content companies pay network providers for faster access to their sites or services. The issue of interconnectivity was recently brought into the spotlight by a tussle between video streaming service Netflix Inc and cable company Comcast Corp. The five-member regulatory commission may vote as soon as May to formally propose the rules and collect public comment on them.

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