FCC Chairman’s Net Neutrality Proposal, Principles, Points

The Federal Communications Commission has launched a new website — www.openinternet.gov — which features today’s speech at the Brookings Institution by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, “Preserving a Free and Open Internet: A Platform for Innovation, Opportunity, and Prosperity.”

Chairman Genachowski proposed making the four principles of Internet openness as Commission rules and adds two more:

Fifth Principle of Non-Discrimination

The fifth principle is one of non-discrimination — stating that broadband providers cannot discriminate against particular Internet content or applications.

Sixth Principle of Transparency

The sixth principle is a transparency principle — stating that providers of broadband Internet access must be transparent about their network management practices.

Genachowski said he would distribute proposed rules to his FCC colleagues and follow through with a proposed rule-making to bring the public into the process.

He added:
• The FCC will look at each violation on a case-by-case basis;
• Adherence to these principles would not require the disclosure of consumer PII, economically sensitive data, proprietary technologies, or network management strategies; and
• These principles would apply to all modes of internet access, including mobile architectures.

To this layman, it seemed like a very general speech. The Chairman argued, “This is not about government regulation of the Internet. It’s about fair rules of the road for companies that control access to the Internet. We will do as much as we need to do, and no more, to ensure that the Internet remains an unfettered platform for competition, creativity, and entrepreneurial activity.” Good!

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