The Federal Communications Commission voted today to approve some regulations for net neutrality. In a 3-2 verdict, the Commission ruled that broadband providers cannot block access to or discriminate against sites. Committee Chairman Julius Genachowski called the plan a “strong and sensible framework,” but it’s already meeting with blowback from both sides of the aisle, including members of the FCC itself. The plan distinguishes between wired and wireless Internet, banning only the former from “unreasonable discrimination” of web traffic. Democrats on the committee feel the regulations don’t go far enough, while Republicans say the rules overstep the committee’s bounds and will stifle economic growth. [CNET, Washington Post]
Dec 21 2010 02:52 PM ET
FCC approves net neutrality plan
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