The latest, shocking news surprised almost all network companies is that Federal Communications Commission decided to ban service providers like Comcast Corp from blocking traffic on their networks. Comcast Corp is claimed to provoke warnings the rules delivered by FCC to be rejected in the courts and threats from Republican lawmakers to overturn them.
The decision pointed out that there is a hug divide between those who give opinion that internet should flourish without regulation and those who say the power of high-speed internet providers to discriminate against rivals should be confined.
Along with the decisions made by FCC, FCC in the matter of fact allowed internet providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon Communication Inc to cope their networks with reasonably and FCC suggested them to charge consumers based on levels of internet usage.
Speaking of this matter, the wireless carriers like Sprint Nextel Corp and Deutsche Telekom AG T-Mobile expressed slightly pleasure to manage their networks but they said they could not be able to block access to websites or block the access to competing voice and video applications.
In further description, FCC demanded the broadband internet providers to publicly disclose the wireless carriers’ network management policies. FCC expected that the rules will be resulting effect early next year but its chairman, Julius Genachowski, stated that consumers should expect few changes to happen. He delivered another statement in an open meeting that the changes are made with the purpose to preserve the freedom and openness of the internet that has already worked for many years.
Of course FCC’s decision pulled numerous reactions from many affiliated sides. The experts stated that legal challenges can hold the rules tight for years. A professor of law and director of the media law center at New York Law School, Michael Botein, stated that a definitive judicial resolution is still 3 to 5 years down the road.
Meanwhile an analyst from Nomura Equity Research, Michael McCormack, stated that the high probability of the rules would be softened or nullified by courts or congress still has its chance to appear.
Another statement delivered by Craig Aaron, managing director of public interest group Free Press, revealed that the rules failed to do enough to block the phone and cable companies from dividing the internet into fast and slow lanes. Still, the ability of FCC to make regulation regarding this internet issue has been doubted because an appeals court in April showed that agency lacked the authority to stop Comcast from blocking bandwidth-hogging applications.