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Report: FCC chair set to defend Net neutrality

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On Monday, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, will propose that Internet Service Providers be forbidden from blocking users with slow web connections.

That's the report from the Wall Street Journal today, and it's spread some good cheer among advocates of a wide open World Wide Web.

At issue is "Net neutrality" – the principle, as Andrew LaVallee of the Journal puts it, that "all Internet providers should treat all data equally and avoid restricting or delaying access to certain sites." Over the past few years, many large ISPs, including Comcast, have pushed back against previous FCC efforts to enforce net neutrality.

The reasoning: Users with slow connections can jam up the Internet for everyone else. Plus, Comcast owns the company, so Comcast should be able to make the rules. But public interest groups have argued that consumers would benefit from a law enforcing Net neutrality.


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