FCC May Crack Down on Internet Use

The Federal Communications Commission is trying to get the attention of cable companies and application developers.  They are going to try and pass a ruling that will help them break the Internet down into “two classes of Internet access, one for fixed-line providers and the other for the wireless Net.”  According to the New York Times, this will give wireless carriers an advantage over landline cable carriers like Comcast. 

Services like Verizon wireless will be able to disable apps on their phones like Google Maps and force you to use Verizon’s Navigator.  The segregation of wireless and landline online involvement doesn’t seem necessary, but is being labelled by the FCC as a needed measure of what they are coining “Net Neutrality.”

This move gives the wireless companies like AT&T, Verizon the upper hand over cable companies like Comcast and allows for them to access sites that cable companies might  otherwise block or make inaccessible.  But it also gives the wireless companies the upper hand by allowing them to limit the use of their apps and services. 

But what they claim they’re really trying to do is pave a way for future businesses that are entering the online industry.  The New York Times writes:

“Net Neutrality, broadly speaking, is an effort to ensure equal access to Web sites and cutting-edge online services. Mr. Genachowski said these proposed rules aimed to both encourage Internet innovation and protect consumers from abuses.”

Read more on the proposed ruling here.

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