FCC chair: ISPs should be able to charge Netflix for Internet fast lane

Posted by BernardSwiss on Dec 5, 2013 11:50 AM EDT
Ars Technica; By Jon Brodkin
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Newly anointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said this week that it would be OK for Internet service providers to charge Netflix and other companies for a faster lane to consumers.

Wheeler's stance is surprising given that it appears to contradict the FCC's Open Internet Order, passed under his predecessor in 2010. That order, which sets out the country's network neutrality rules, says that fixed broadband providers may not "unreasonably discriminate" against any type of traffic. The order specifically calls out pay-for-play arrangements as being potential violations.

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