FCC to Begin Enforcing Net Neutrality Rules on November 20th, 2011
>By James Lenhart
On Thursday evening the FCC submitted the final “open Internet” rules to the Federal Register to be published on Friday morning. These rules state they will go into effect on November 20th if everything goes as planned.
I say planned, because our dreams of net neutrality may come at stand still until internet competitors settle their differences. Earlier this year two lawsuits were filed by Verizon and MetroPCS both of which were dropped because of the absence of regulations and rules set in place by the FCC. Now that these rules are being published it’s possible they could derail due to litigation.
Here’s an excerpt of the filing:
This Report and Order establishes protections for broadband service to preserve and reinforce Internet freedom and openness. 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.