Product Reviews
Take Action

Fight for Fair Finance

Tell the administration and Congress to stand up for the consumer watchdog that protects you from financial fraud and abuse.
Take Action
Why Do We Have Campaigns?
We're fighting to ensure you and your family can get a fair deal in the marketplace, especially on the choices that matter most: health care, privacy, automobiles, food, finances and more. Join our campaigns and together, we'll hold corporations and lawmakers accountable.

FCC said to be revising broadband rules proposal

Chairman Tom Wheeler reportedly addresses net neutrality concerns

Published: May 12, 2014 12:00 PM

Find Ratings

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images News

The FCC recently proposed new rules for regulating broadband Internet—and they didn't go over so well with the public, consumer advocates (including Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports), and even many companies that are major Internet players. The big concern has been that under the proposal, Internet service providers (ISPs) will be allowed to give preferential treatment to traffic from companies that are willing and able to pay a premium for that top-tier service.

But the Wall Street Journal reported this morning that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will be addressing concerns and revising the proposed rules, "...including offering assurances that the agency won't allow companies to segregate Web traffic into fast and slow lanes." The new language of the proposal makes it clear that the FCC "will scrutinize the deals to make sure that the broadband providers don't unfairly put nonpaying companies' content at a disadvantage, according to an agency official."

Accoriding to the WSJ, an FCC official said "the draft would also seek comment on whether such agreements, called 'paid prioritization,' should be banned outright, and look to prohibit the big broadband companies, such as Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc., from doing deals with some content companies on terms that they aren't offering to others."

We'll be following this story as it unfolds. The FCC vote is planned for Thursday, so check back for more. And take a look at our podcast on net neutrality for more background on this controversial topic.

—Carol Mangis

Find Ratings

Telecom services Ratings

View and compare all Telecom services ratings.

E-mail Newsletters

FREE e-mail Newsletters! Choose from cars, safety, health, and more!
Already signed-up?
Manage your newsletters here too.

Electronics News


Cars Build & Buy Car Buying Service
Save thousands off MSRP with upfront dealer pricing information and a transparent car buying experience.

See your savings


Mobile Get Ratings on the go and compare
while you shop

Learn more