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The FCC ‘Hybrid’ Plan For Net Neutrality Is Tricky

The Wall Street Journal as well as New York Times has recently reported that the Federal Communications Commission’s new hybrid plan for Net Neutrality may support the split-the-baby approach.fcc-chairman-tom-wheeler

After accepting various comments from the various internet users, the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has finally developed a new plan that divides Internet into two divisions. The plan will split the internet into two entities; that is retail world wide web and wholesale, the wholesale section will deal with back-end section, and retail will be connected to the consumers.


The Hybrid Plan will classify the telecommunications as a back-end service and this will directly connect to various agencies such as phone companies, federal agencies and others. This will be directly connected to the internet without favoring treatments of the ISPs. The other retail front-end will be regulated for the consumers and it will be regulated by the government directly.

Free Press CEO Craig Aaron said in a statement:

“This Frankenstein proposal is no treat for Internet users, and they shouldn’t be tricked,”, “No matter how you dress it up, any rules that don’t clearly restore the agency’s authority and prevent specialized fast lanes and paid prioritization aren’t real Net Neutrality.”

The proposal is yet to come to order, but there are rumors that it will be announced publicly next month. The last two proposals that were being put forward by the FCC were turned down by the federal courts and hence, it is hard to assume if this proposal will be given any weight age by the courts.

In the meanwhile, The government is trying to make sure that ISP’s do not carry the capability to decide on how the service is presented to digital organizations. The government is also trying to regulate the prices that the ISP’s charge for their services. ISP’s like AT&T provide services to several content providers at different rates and the government wants to set the same price for the same.

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