FCC Will Take Another Shot At Net Neutrality Rules

FCC Will Take Another Shot At Net Neutrality Rules

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler announced yesterday that he will begin drafting a new set of rules to enforce net neutrality, reports Mike Snider for USA Today. A previous set of rules were struck down last month by a federal appeals court, and instead of appealing that decision Wheeler will try to draft rules that have the same desired outcome within the bounds set by the court’s decision.

“The FCC must stand strongly behind its responsibility to oversee the public interest standard and ensure that the Internet remains open and fair,” he said in a statement. “The Internet is and must remain the greatest engine of free expression, innovation, economic growth and opportunity the world has ever known.”

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Net neutrality requires all traffic to be treated equally

Net neutrality is the idea that the companies who own the broadband cables that form the backbone of the internet should treat all traffic as if it were the same. Without net neutrality, it would be possible for a large broadband owner like Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA) to slow traffic from Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) to the point that its streaming movies became unwatchable, or charge a fee to allow the n