It’s been almost a year since the FCC narrowly ruled 3-2 on the Net Neutrality Rules that basically say internet service providers may not block or throttle internet speeds of legal traffic. It’s obviously much more complex then that but fixed broadband providers are being forced starting November 20 of this year to abide by the new rules which are as follows. Now we know these rules will take effect on November 20.
The Commission adopts three basic protections that are grounded in broadly accepted Internet norms, as well as our own prior decisions.
First, transparency: fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms of their broadband services.
Second, no blocking: fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile broadband providers may not block lawful websites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services.
Third, no unreasonable discrimination: fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic.
ISP’s are not happy about this for many reasons including the fact that they lose more control to the government. Verizon and MetroPCS filed suites in January but they were thrown out for being to early. Verizon recently confirmed that they plan to refile to prevent the rules from going into effect. We’ll have to wait and see how this is going to play out and I wonder if we’ll even have a resolution this year.