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After a lot of backlash resulted from plans that were announced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in April, the FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that there would be revisions made to the originally proposed Net Neutrality Plan.
The initial proposal stated that broadband Internet providers would be able to charge more in order to give people Internet content at a faster rate. Many people who believe that Internet content should be accessible to all people at the same rate, and criticized these initial plans.
According to the Wall Street Journal, these plans will be slightly revised. The FCC will take a close look at providers that are offering any kinds of deals for a faster delivery of content, in order to make sure that no consumers are suffering and that companies that are not paying for these types of services are not being put at a disadvantage.
These are still only rumors, since the FCC has not gone public with the new plan yet, but reports do show that the FCC took these criticisms very seriously and will try to formulate these ideas in a new way that will not enrage those who call for Internet equality at all costs.
The new plan is expected to, first and foremost, protect consumers, and there is an ombudsman position that is expected to open which will further serve to make sure that everyone’s rights are being protected equally.
Another key part of the news is that the proposal is expected to be opened for public debate if it is approved on Thursday.
In this debate, one of the key questions will be related to broadband Internet, and whether it should now be classified as a public utility.
The FCC has already stated that the new draft clearly reflects some of the public input that the FCC has already received, so that’s good news for the people who have been on the FCC’s case.
However, time will tell whether the FCC will stop companies outright from providing services for people that pay for a faster delivery of Internet content, or whether the commission will allow this to proceed in a round-about way of sorts.