FCC Does Not Have Right to Regulate the Internet

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was dealt a major setback in its attempts to regulate the Internet for neutrality when a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the FCC does not have the right to regulate internet traffic.  Currently, internet service providers are allowed to block or slow down content from specific web sites in favor of delivering content from other sites faster.  Some internet service providers charge specific web sites to deliver their content faster.

The NY Times wrote an article summarizing the Federal Appeals Court decision, if you’d like further reading on this topic.

Semi-related is the FCC’s National Broadband Plan on its web site.

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About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on April 7, 2010, in Politics and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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