I reported just prior to Christmas (25 DEC 2010) that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States of America was getting ready to rule on a landmark in internet history and true to form, they did just that.
The FCC adopted new rules to keep companies that control the Internet’s website traffic from restricting what their customers do online, they also ruled on why providers can not block competing services, including online calling applications and Web video. These new rules are backed by the White House and wrapped up a year of efforts by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in finding a suitable outcome to all parties involved. The new regulations are intended to ensure that broadband providers cannot use their control of the Internet’s website traffic points of origin to dictate where their subscribers can and can not navigate to.
Genachowski said: “Today, for the first time, we are adopting rules to preserve basic Internet values. For the first time, we’ll have enforceable rules of the road to preserve Internet freedom and openness.”
I didn’t experience and type of “control” or regulation prior to this ruling did you? I am curious to know how you feel about this new ruling, is it good for the user or just big brother’s way of butting in to regulate yet another frontier that was once free but no longer can be?
Leave me a comment and let’s talk about it:
From the Web Traffic News Desk,
Mark Edward Brown
The Web Traffic Reporter