US telecoms regulator FCC poised to tackle net neutrality

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to tackle the controversial issue of net neutrality at a meeting scheduled for 21 December.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to tackle the controversial issue of net neutrality at a meeting scheduled for 21 December.

The FCC postponed its monthly meeting by a week to take more time to consider whether it would take on net neutrality.

Net neutrality rules would determine whether high-speed internet providers should be allowed to block or slow information or charge websites for a "fast lane".

The FCC has published a provisional agenda for the meeting that includes plans to adopt regulations "to preserve the open Internet as a platform for innovation, investment, competition and free expression," according to Reuters.

The action has been prompted partly by a court ruling in April that upheld Comcast's right to restrict access to BitTorrent, a service often used to carry pirated movies.

The agency said the rules would protect the transmission of lawful internet traffic for consumers, while giving broadband providers the flexibility to manage their networks.

Most US broadband providers want to be able to manage networks, but some public interest groups and content providers argue that there should be equal access for all.

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