Why the FCC Can’t Please Anyone – Net Neutrality Blues

Where does the FCC come into play in net neutrality? While they can’t seem to argue their way out of a paper bag in court, they are trying to implement set set of principles for keep the internet open and allowing us to connect with our choice of device and access the information we want to access.

So what the FCC tried to do in 2008 was to define and implement a few “principles” to what the open internet means, and here they are:

  • Open applications: Consumers should be able to download and utilize any software applications, content, or services they desire;
  • Open devices: Consumers should be able to utilize a handheld communications device with whatever wireless network they prefer;
  • Open services: Third parties (resellers) should be able to acquire wireless services from a 700 MHz licensee on a wholesale basis, based on reasonably nondiscriminatory commercial terms;
  • Open networks: Third parties, such as Internet service providers, should be able to interconnect at any technically feasible point in a 700 MHz licensee’s wireless network.

Now, they are trying their best to keep the idea of one internet, not seperating it out into tiers or separating it into landline vs. wireless. These tiers would charge you a base access costs and then layer on top 5 dollars each for acces to more entertainment, news and social networking sites. So the tweeting and facebooking many of us depend on for keeping up with the crowd, or the online news subscription you pay for are in danger of costing you a lot more.

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