One step forward and two steps backward, the Net neutrality regulations by FCC can be aptly described by the above adage. The debate has been going on for months, and after a million comments, regulators are still contemplating on stringent rules and tougher standards for wireless networks that connect smartphones and tablets.
Today was the last day for sending comments to the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is contemplating to bar wireless companies led by AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. from treating differently some Web content and apply a blanket rule on all.
A huge ruckus was created for Wheeler’s proposal when it was floated in May which would have enabled large cable companies like Comcast Corp to charge extra for moving the Web Traffic faster. This will lead to the creation of Internet into fast and slow lanes. This meant that large companies who can pay more will get speedy access to its users, while those who cannot will be condemned with slow connections.
Andrew Lipman, a Washington-based partner at the law firm Bingham McCutchen said, “Given some of the opposition to Wheeler’s proposal that he floated earlier in the year, I think he’s taking a more open view and putting every issue on the table,”
On the other hand FCC chairman Tom Wheeler insists that the proposed rules is for preserving the net neutrality and there will not any fast or slow lanes.
Wheeler said, “There is nothing in this proposal that authorizes fast lanes. In the blocking section of the proposal we ask the question, should there be a ban in paid prioritization as an action of blocking? In the non-discrimination section of the proposal we ask if there should be a ban on paid prioritization.”
However such paid prioritization will enable the Big Whigs like Comcast and Verizon charge companies for quicker Internet Connections who will then pass on the cost to the consumers.