Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Apr 2014 22:23 UTC
Internet & Networking

The Federal Communication Commission's proposal for new net neutrality rules will allow internet service providers to charge companies for preferential treatment, effectively undermining the concept of net neutrality, according to The Wall Street Journal. The rules will allow providers to charge companies for preferential treatment so long as they offer that treatment to all interested parties on "commercially reasonable" terms, with the FCC deciding whether the terms are reasonable on a case-by-case basis. Providers will reportedly not be able to block individual websites, however.

While several parts of the world - Chile first, Netherlands second, EU followed only recently - move towards proper net neutrality, the US tries to kill it dead for its own citizens.

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As I am reading more its starting to confirm my suspicion. The new rules being proposed seem to deal with the last mile and outlawing "blocking". "blocking" would be the practice of saying "if you want to get to Google that's $5 more a month".

I doubt ISP's were ever planning on trying that as a business model but that was the biggest fear of many net neutrality supports and the new law would prohibit it officially.

So it looks like the new law outlaws blocking but doesn't outlaw paid peering. I am still trying to find the reason I should be outraged.

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