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FCC Chairman: We Must Choose to Preserve the Open Internet

As per earlier reports, U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed new rules today requiring Internet service providers to treat all Internet traffic equally and allow users to access their networks with any device. Below is an excerpt from Genachowski's speech proposing his plan to move forward:

"To date, the Federal Communications Commission has addressed these issues by announcing four Internet principles that guide our case-by-case enforcement of the communications laws. These principles can be summarized as: Network operators cannot prevent users from accessing the lawful Internet content, applications, and services of their choice, nor can they prohibit users from attaching non-harmful devices to the network.

The principles were initially articulated by Chairman Michael Powell in 2004 as the “Four Freedoms,” and later endorsed in a unanimous 2005 policy statement issued by the Commission under Chairman Kevin Martin and with the forceful support of Commissioner Michael Copps, who of course remains on the Commission today. In the years since 2005, the Internet has continued to evolve and the FCC has issued a number of important bipartisan decisions involving openness. Today, I propose that the FCC adopt the existing principles as Commission rules, along with two additional principles that reflect the evolution of the Internet and that are essential to ensuring its continued openness."

Related Links:
The full speech by Chairman Julius Genachowski (Text/Video)

Updates:  UPDATED Sep 21, 2009 9:34 PM PDT
Verizon, AT&T: Net neutrality not OK for wireless CNET, Sep.21.2009
FCC Position May Spell the End of Unlimited Internet Wired, Sep.21.2009
Senate Republicans Aim to Stop FCC's Open Internet Proposal WSJ, Sep.21.2009
Repub Bill Would Choke New Network Neutrality Rules PCMAG, Sep.21.2009
Does the Internet Need More Regulation? FCC to Decide Dvaid L. Cohen, Comcast Executive VP, Sep.21.2009
Vint Cerf in Response to FCC Open Internet Plan Google, Sep.21.2009

Related topics: Access Providers, Broadband, Net Neutrality, Policy & Regulation, Telecom

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