Monday, August 03, 2009

New Markey/Eshoo net neutrality bill

Ed Markey (D-MA) and Anna Eshoo (D-CA) last week introduced HR 3458, The Internet Freedom Preservation Act of 2009 (PDF). This bill is much better than past bills in that it doesn't contain any prohibition on classes of service or preferential treatment of packets based on protocol or application, as opposed to based on source, destination, or owner. It still, however, gives the FCC new powers to regulate the Internet and puts the onus of developing specific regulations on the FCC. And it looks like the language will give the FCC the power to regulate Apple's iTunes store with respect to iPhone Internet-related applications, as well as to force the opening up of wireless walled gardens. The bill leaves open to the FCC the ability to treat "private transmission capacity services" as exempt from the requirements of the bill, so long as they don't impact Internet capacity for the end user. It also provides disclosure requirements for ISPs to report on any methods they use for network and capacity management that may impact Internet traffic.

1 comment:

Hume's Ghost said...

Wouldn't it be nice if the infotainment programs took a break from "investigating" Michael Jackson's death to cover a topic such as this that actually has important ramifications for people?