Internet must remain neutral, says FCC chairman

The principle of net neutrality was confirmed by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski yesterday in an effort to preserve...

The principle of net neutrality was confirmed by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski yesterday in an effort to preserve the free and open internet.

Speaking yesterday to the Brookings Institution, a think-tank, Genachowski said he would stop internet service providers (ISPs) from discriminating against particular internet content or applications, while allowing for reasonable network management.

He would also ensure that ISPs were transparent about the network management practices they use.

These two principles add to four others embraced earlier by the FCC . They say that consumers must be able to access the lawful internet content, applications, and services of their choice, and attach non-harmful devices to the network.

"The internet is an extraordinary platform for innovation, job creation, investment, and opportunity," said Genachowski. "It has unleashed the potential of entrepreneurs and enabled the launch and growth of small businesses across America. It is vital that we safeguard the free and open internet."

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