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The FCC's 6 Proposed Rules of Net Neutrality

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By Neetal Parekh on October 27, 2009 10:01 AM

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set forth draft proposed rules regarding net neutrality.  But may have already read about that in our recent post on the subject of open internet.  

And now, you want to know...exactly what are potential new rules are on the table.  Wonder no more.  Below is excerpt from a recent FCC press release outlining the proposed rules.

Under the draft proposed rules, subject to reasonable network management, a provider of broadband Internet access service:

1. would not be allowed to prevent any of its users from sending or receiving the lawful content of the user's choice over the Internet;

2. would not be allowed to prevent any of its users from running the lawful applications or using the lawful services of the user's choice;

3. would not be allowed to prevent any of its users from connecting to and using on its network the user's choice of lawful devices that do not harm the network;

4. would not be allowed to deprive any of its users of the user's entitlement to competition among network providers, application providers, service providers, and content providers;

5. would be required to treat lawful content, applications, and services in a nondiscriminatory manner; and

6. would be required to disclose such information concerning network management and other practices as is reasonably required for users and content, application, and service providers to enjoy the protections specified in this rulemaking.

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