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Reuters reports on how the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has advanced a "net neutrality" proposal that would, if it became policy "would ban Internet providers from blocking or slowing down access to websites but may let them charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery of their traffic to users."

A four-month public comment period has commenced, and there is expected to be "an intense tug-of-war between some tech companies and consumer advocates on one side and Republicans and broadband providers on the other, over the extent to which the agency can regulate Internet traffic."

The FCC has pledged not to allow the internet to become a place where there are haves and have-nots, while skeptical consumer advocates believe that the internet should be treated like a public utility.
KC's View:
I really worry about a system in which certain companies with deeper pockets might get prioritized access to the internet based on the depth of their pockets … it sounds suspiciously like cable television business in this country, which I think a lot of people would argue has been a real disaster for consumers, creating a system in which certain companies have monopolies, able to dictate prices without fear of competition. (Though this is changing…slowly…as more options are available to consumers.)