The issue of net neutrality, i.e. all internet data should be treated equally, is dragging enough attention in the United States. The government seems to have reached to a consensus on how to deal with the major issue of regulating internet traffic in the country.
According to the sources, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is likely to consider a proposal that would grant it with the regulatory authority over the Internet traffic flow between the Internet service providers (ISPs) and content providers.
The proposal that has been dubbed as the “hybrid” solution would establish a division between retail and wholesale transactions. This latest view is gaining majority among the FCC staff.
Sources say the FCC chairman or his employees to the other four commissioners have yet not circulated the so-called hybrid proposal due to its still-fluid nature. It is among the four possibilities that the commission is considering as it wants to draw up a framework for net neutrality that will succeed in court unlike its previous two attempts.
The mentioned approach would allow the federal body to enforce a rule against the legal Internet content blocking, allow installation of restrictions on discrimination among Internet traffic and also provide some allowance for unique arrangements for delivery of specialized services.
According to a report by New York Times, a formal proposal is likely to arrive as soon as next month.
The commission working on to formulate new so-called net neutrality rules aims at regulating the process by which internet service providers (ISPs) manage traffic on their networks.
Under the proposed policies, ISPs are barred from blocking any content and also suggest allowing few ‘commercially reasonable’ deals where content providers could pay ISPs in order encourage the delivery of their traffic.
The FCC also invited comments from the public on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler’s open Internet proposal. Wheeler’s proposal stops short of banning cable and telecom companies from favoring some content providers.
Over a million public comments have poured in on whether all businesses on the Internet should be treated equally over content delivery speed or if businesses should be able to pay to have their data and content prioritized for delivery.
The majority of opinions suggest that people want equality among all, with many saying that the media regulating body should consider all Internet providers as common carrier utilities.