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Courts, Commission, and Congress Still Struggling With Net Neutrality
Information Today - Medford
Subjects: Legislation; United States; Telecommunications systems & Internet communications; Broadcasting & telecommunications industry
Author: Pike, George H
Date: Mar 2014
Start Page: 24
Pages: 1
Section: LEGAL ISSUES
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These days, users are pushing their broadband service limits. Service providers have long advocated for the ability to create different tiers of bandwidth service and to charge content providers differing fees depending on either the nature of the content or for beneficial treatment. Such is the core of the continuing Net Neutrality debate over whether and how Internet bandwidth access should be regulated, a debate that is now going into its second decade. The legal complexity is tied up in a nearly 20-year-old law that piggybacked on an 80-year-old law originally designed to deal with the telephone industry. Since the rise of broadband Internet, the Federal Communications Commission, the federal agency that implements and enforces the Telecommunications Act, has struggled to craft a Net Neutrality structure that balances the needs of both consumers and industry in this complex arena.

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