Tuesday, September 21, 2010

[MultiChannel News]: Net Neutrality Bill to be Introduced Soon - Nondiscrimination May not be There!

John Eggerton from Multichannel News says that "According to sources familiar with the process, the House Energy & Commerce Committee is hard at work on compromise language for a targeted network neutrality bill that could be introduced this week or next, though any action before the midterm elections is highly unlikely".

See "Narrow Net Neutrality Bill In Works" - here.

"The bill would essentially give the FCC two years to adopt rules under clarified, but limited, Internet access regulatory authority, though it would not mandate any action by the agency one way or the other ..

Those guidelines indicate that consumers are entitled to:

1) "access the lawful Internet content of their choice"; .
2) "run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement";
3) "connect their choice of legal devices that do not harm the network"; and
4) "competition among network providers, application and service providers, and content providers

The bill would also likely include a transparency principle ...  Cable operators, phone companies and computer companies .. have produced "narrowed disagreement" on codifying the four principles, as well as adding the transparency and nondiscrimination principles, but that the issue of managed services and applying openness principles to wireless broadband continue to be the sticking points .. 
.. a lobbyist favoring tougher network neutrality protection who asked not to be identified said that network operators had not narrowed their disagreement on a nondiscrimination principle and that it was nowhere to be seen in the compromise bill being worked on"

Related posts:
  • Tim Berners-Lee Defends Net Neutrality - here
  • Google Recommends the FCC to Collect Network Management Practices Information  - here
  • Google/Verizon Net Neutrality Compromise - here
  • Net Neutrality - AT&T Endorses Amazon's Win-Win-Win Proposal - here
  • Deutsche Telekom CEO: OTT providers should pay for High Quality - here 
  • Chile: First Country to Legislate Net Neutrality - here

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