FCC Chairman Genachowski released the Open Internet Order, preserving the Internet as “an open platform for innovation, investment, job creation, economic growth, competition, and free expression.” In this order, the FCC adopted three basic rules:
- Transparency. Fixed and mobile broadband providers must disclose the network management practices, performance characteristics, and terms and conditions of their broadband services;
- No blocking. Fixed and mobile broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices; lawful websites, or applications of their competitors
iii. No unreasonable discrimination. Fixed broadband providers may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic.
The FCC stated that these rules, combined with the reasonable management of networks, “will empower and protect consumers and innovators while helping ensure that the Internet continues to flourish…” Click here to read more about the Open Internet Order.