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New U.S. Push to Regulate Internet Access
Posted By admin On May 6, 2010 @ 7:51 am In Featured Stories | Comments Disabled
Wall Steet Journal 
Thursday, May 6, 2010
WASHINGTON—In a move that will stoke a battle over the future of the Internet, the federal government plans to propose regulating broadband lines under decades-old rules designed for traditional phone networks.
The decision, by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, is likely to trigger a vigorous lobbying battle, arraying big phone and cable companies and their allies on Capitol Hill against Silicon Valley giants and consumer advocates.
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Breaking a deadlock within his agency, Mr. Genachowski is expected Thursday to outline his plan for regulating broadband lines. He wants to adopt “net neutrality” rules that require Internet providers like Comcast  Corp. and AT&T  Inc. to treat all traffic equally, and not to slow or block access to websites.
The decision has been eagerly awaited since a federal appeals court ruling last month cast doubt on the FCC’s authority over broadband lines, throwing into question Mr. Genachowski’s proposal to set new rules for how Internet traffic is managed. The court ruled the FCC had overstepped when it cited Comcast in 2008 for slowing some customers’ Internet traffic.
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 Wall Steet Journal: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703961104575226583645448758.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTWhatsNewsCollection
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 Comcast: http://www.prisonplanet.com/public/quotes/main.html?type=djn&symbol=cmcsa
 AT&T: http://www.prisonplanet.com/public/quotes/main.html?type=djn&symbol=t
 FCC Moves to Regulate Internet: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fcc-moves-to-regulate-internet.html
 Court: FCC has no power to regulate Net neutrality: http://www.prisonplanet.com/court-fcc-has-no-power-to-regulate-net-neutrality.html
 Julius Caesar of the Internet: http://www.prisonplanet.com/julius-caesar-of-the-internet.html
 FCC Commissioners: FCC Lacks Authority to Regulate the Internet: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fcc-commissioners-fcc-lacks-authority-to-regulate-the-internet.html
 Comcast Guilty of Net Neutrality Violations: http://www.prisonplanet.com/comcast-guilty-of-net-neutrality-violations.html
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