FCC Will Tackle Net Neutrality

By David Bruggeman
September 24, 2009

Earlier this week Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced his intention to establish an expanded definition of net neutrality to “safeguard the free and open Internet.”

Starting next month the Commission will start a rule-making process to codify the four net neutrality principles that currently guide its decisions on this issue, and add two more. The four principles, established in 2004, state that “consumers must be able to access the lawful Internet content, applications, and services of their choice, and attach non-harmful devices to the network.” The two additional principles are non-discrimination: “stating that broadband providers cannot discriminate against particular Internet content or applications” and transparency: “stating that providers of broadband Internet access must be transparent about their network management practices.”

You can read more about the proposed net neutrality principles by reading Chairman Genachowski’s remarks. The other Commissioners have weighed in as well, and you can read their remarks at the FCC website (all statements are dated September 21).