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FCC Seems Set to Approve Internet Traffic Rules

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by The Federalist Society
Posted December 16, 2010, 1:03 PM

According to Jasmin Melvin at Reuters, the FCC is scheduled to vote on Dec. 21 on regulations that would prohibit Internet service providers from blocking lawful traffic but would allow them to ration traffic on their networks, and it appears likely that the FCC will have the votes to push these regulations through.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski laid out this proposal on regulating Internet traffic two weeks ago, and there were concerns that the regulations may have been too strong for some members of the FCC but too weak for others. However, it appears that those who favor stronger regulation have decided that the proposal is good enough and will be in their best interest to approve.

The rules would decide whether Internet service providers can block or slow down information and whether they can charge websites extra in order to have a way to reach users more quickly than other websites.

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