The Federal Communications Commission is expected to release a draft of its new net neutrality rules next month, opening them up for public comment after they’re first voted on at a May 15th meeting. The commission already detailed the framework of these new regulations back in February, with the new rules aimed at replacing the neutrality-enforcing Open Internet regulations that were struck down in court earlier this year.
Though internet service providers likely aren’t eager for regulation to return, neutrality advocates such as Netflix have been calling on the FCC to take action quickly, and with even broader action than before. Without neutrality rules, service providers can limit access to other companies’ services if they choose to — a major problem for a big provider of data like Netflix. Netflix would also like to see the rules govern the actual infrastructure for moving data, preventing service providers from charging companies fees for delivering it to their customers, but the FCC has said that it won’t be doing this for now.
Instead, the new regulations will largely be the same as before, with the key difference that this time they’ll rely on new legal grounds that are believed to grant the FCC the proper authority to enforce them — though it’ll still be working off of something closer to a technicality than explicit permission. The FCC has already been accepting public comments based on the framework released in February, which it should be factoring into the draft up for vote next month.
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