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United States : IA opposes plan to allow ISPs to charge for fast lane access

July 17, 2014

A group of 36 content providers comprised of Google Inc. (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter Inc (TWTR),, Inc. (AMZN) and eBay Inc (EBAY), the Internet Association (IA), has sent remarks to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday, and opposed the plan to allow Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to charge for fast lane access.

Fast lane access will essentially result in slower speeds for those who are not ready to pay extra for the service. Furthermore, it will convert the internet into a pay-for-priority service such as the cable television industry.

The rules suggested under the existing 2014 US FCC Policy, authored by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, are designed to impose net neutrality.

Even so, they enable content firms to enter deals with internet providers for preferential treatment.

This has launched a new debate, as the advocates of net neutrality were dissatisfied. The earlier FCC regulations were rejected by the appeals court in January this year

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Source: TendersInfo (India)

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