FCC Inches Closer to Strong Net Neutrality Rules, But Not There YetMay 15, 2014
Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) introduced their proposal for new net neutrality rules. While these rules appear to represent a response to public outcry in support of net neutrality, they do not go far enough.
The following can be attributed to Michael Weinberg, Vice President at Public Knowledge:
“This proposal from the FCC proves that the public is having an impact. After extensive public outcry, the FCC is asking questions about the fundamental legitimacy of fast lanes and exploring the viability of Title II. This shift simply would not have occurred without the outpouring of concern from organizations, companies, Members of Congress, and individuals who rely on a truly open internet every day.
“Despite this response, we are convinced that the net neutrality pathway the FCC is exploring remains insufficient to guarantee a truly open and neutral internet. The FCC’s proposal still falls well short of real net neutrality rules. It would create a two-tier internet where “commercially reasonable” discrimination is allowed on any connections that exceed an unknown “minimum level of access” defined by the FCC. A two-tier internet is anathema to a truly open internet, and rules under section 706 authority are insufficient to prevent harmful paid prioritization.
“This will be the summer of net neutrality. Net neutrality supporters will make it clear to the FCC and Congress that only robust net neutrality rules that prevent paid prioritization, grounded in clear Title II authority, will suffice. Any rules that allow for harmful discrimination cannot truly be called net neutrality. And any rules based on creaky legal authority are just a waste of everyone’s time.”