FCC Pushes to Keep Authority Over Internet

Monday, 03 May 2010 01:25 PM

By Dan Weil

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski wants to keep the FCC’s power to regulate telecommunications’ companies Internet policies, according to Washington Post sources.

That sentiment comes less than a month after the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the agency overstepped its authority over web traffic in 2008, when it imposed sanctions on Comcast for slowing its customers’ access to BitTorrent, a file-sharing service.

The court decision allowed Internet service companies to block or slow specific sites and demand payment from video sites like YouTube to deliver their content more quickly to viewers.

The FCC wanted to make Internet providers give their customers equal access to all content, even if some of that content was gumming up the network.

The ruling put into question the FCC's ability to enforce a "net neutrality" rule that would make Internet service providers provide equal treatment to all services and applications.

Genachowski has indicated recently that he is leaning toward keeping the current regulatory structure for Internet services, while boosting the FCC's chances of overseeing some broadband policies, three sources told The Post.

Read the full story at The Washington Post


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