Net Neutrality: FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Outlined his Plan
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed his plan to require internet service providers (ISP) to keep their networks open and maintain net neutrality. During last Fall's election, President Obama supported the concept of net neutrality, which demands all web traffic be treated equally. If the plan is approved, wireless phone companies will face new regulations as well.
Read FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's net neutrality remarks.
What is net neutrality? It is a principle that internet service providers should treat data equally, and avoid restrictions of usage. ISPs should not be able to restrict internet speed, known as throttling, based on the website visited. For example, YouTube video should not be restricted by ISP simply because video streaming takes more bandwidth.
Without net neutrality, ISP can have the power to control web content by deliberately slow down access to certain websites.
Mr. Genachowski stressed the importance of keeping internet "an unfettered platform for competition, creativity, and entrepreneurial activity."
Mr. Genachowski stressed that his proposal is intended to provide "fair rules of the road for companies that control access to the Internet."
"This is not about government regulation of the Internet," he said. "We will do as much as we need to do, and no more, to ensure that the Internet remains an unfettered platform for competition, creativity, and entrepreneurial activity."
Organizations such as Save the Internet and We Are the Web are among the groups supporting net neutrality.