Thursday, March 5, 2015

Net Neutrality Will Apply to Cell Networks

Net neutrality has been all over the news for the past few months, but just to recap: net neutrality is the idea that traffic on the Internet should be treated equality so your broadband provider can’t block or slow down your ability to use services, applications, or view websites. This will essentially treat broadband service as a public utility, but it will also extend these rules to wireless service. Vox, an online news outlet, explains, “That represents a significant change from the FCC’s previous network neutrality rules, which were drafted in 2010 and struck down by the courts last year.
Those rules focused primarily on home internet access delivered over a physical cable. Wireless networks from providers such as Verizon Wireless, Sprint, and T-Mobile were exempted from most regulations because in the agency’s view it was ‘at an earlier stage in its development than fixed broadband and evolving rapidly.’” Critics believe applying this rule to wireless networks could hinder innovation in the wireless market. Continue reading here

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