Net Neutrality Rules Finalized
The Federal Communications Commission has finilized the net neutrality rules that will go into affect on Nov 20th. The net neutrality rules attempt to give consumers reasonable protections against filtering, throttling, or blocking by their service providers. The rules are best summaryized with a quick snippet from the finalized rules.
The Commission adopts three basic protections that are grounded in broadly accepted Internet norms, as well as our own prior decisions. First, transparency: fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms of their broadband services. Second, no blocking: fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; mobile broadband providers may not block lawful websites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services. Third, no unreasonable discrimination: fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic.