Cable lobby and Ted Cruz are disappointed as FCC bans digital discrimination

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The Federal Communications Commission today approved rules that prohibit discrimination in access to broadband services, rejecting fervent opposition from Internet service providers and Republicans. The broadband industry is likely to sue the FCC in an attempt to block the rules.

The digital discrimination rules were approved in a 3-2 party-line vote. “Under these rules, the FCC can protect consumers by directly addressing companies’ policies and practices if they differentially impact consumers’ access to broadband Internet access service or are intended to do so, and by applying these protections to ensure communities see equitable broadband deployment, network upgrades, and maintenance,” an FCC announcement today said.

The rules and a related complaint process will ensure that the FCC “can investigate possible instances of discrimination of broadband access, work with companies to solve problems, facilitate mediation, and, when necessary, penalize companies for violating the rules,” the agency also said.

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Author: Jon Brodkin. [Source Link (*), Ars Technica – All content]


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