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U.S. Court Curbs F.C.C. Authority on Web Traffic
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of New York Times

New York Times, April 7, 2010
Posted: April 19th, 2010

A federal appeals court ruled on [April 6] that regulators [have] limited power over Web traffic under current law. The decision will allow Internet service companies to block or slow specific sites and charge video sites like YouTube to deliver their content faster to users. The court decision was a setback to efforts by the Federal Communications Commission to require companies to give Web users equal access to all content. The F.C.C. will now have to reconsider its strategy for mandating net neutrality, the principle that all Internet content should be treated equally by network providers. One option would be to reclassify broadband service as a sort of basic utility subject to strict regulation, like telephone service. Telephone companies and broadband providers have already indicated that they would vigorously oppose such a move. You cant have innovation if all the big companies get the fast lane, said Gigi B. Sohn, president of Public Knowledge, which advocates for consumer rights on digital issues. Look at Google, eBay, Yahoo none of those companies would have survived if 15 years ago we had a fast lane and a slow lane on the Internet.

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