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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by M.Onty on Thu 24th Apr 2014 18:23 UTC
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Just popped on to say that this kind of thread is the reason I keep coming back to OSNews, despite it being a bit light on OS news and features these days. I don't know any other site where the comments add so much value by clarification, criticism and counterpoints. The extended road metaphor debate above is a particularly good example, and one which has expanded my understanding of Net Neutrality as a subject.

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