FCC Chairman Discusses Net Neutrality at Super Mobility Week

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FCC Chairman Discusses Net Neutrality at Super Mobility Week

Sep 10, 2014 11:28 AM, Doug Irwin, CPBE AMD DRB

LAS VEGAS�FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler addressed a standing-room-only crowd on Day One of Super Mobility Week, in Las Vegas, on a range of topics including net neutrality and the upcoming �broadcast incentive� auction. Wheeler said that even though the Commission is still accepting comments on its proposed net neutrality rules, commissioners have already started to review and consider submissions, according to RCRWireless.com.

The FCC''s 2010 Open Internet Order prevented Internet service providers from blocking or slowing the delivery of packets on their networks. Earlier this year, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the no-blocking part of the Open Internet Order. At the same time, however, the Court said that the FCC has authority to regulate broadband providers as common carriers if it classifies Internet broadband as a telecommunications service. That ruling prompted the FCC''s net neutrality proposal, which would allow service providers to charge content providers for guaranteed high speed delivery, and would forbid providers from blocking or slowing down the delivery of content.

The Blocking of, or the slowing of content, also known as �throttling,� is a practice under investigation by the FCC, said Wheeler. He has written to all four major U.S. carriers asking them for information about their practices. Wheeler said he is concerned that some users who paid for �unlimited data'' are now being singled out for slower data speeds, and that some people who purchased devices based upon an expectation of �unlimited high-speed data'' are, instead, getting data at reduced speeds.

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