FCC May Backtrack on Net Neutrality Ruling

Following the public outcry over the FCC’s proposed new ruling that would allow ISPs to create slow and fast lanes for Internet traffic, Tom Wheeler is expected to backtrack on the plans somewhat.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Wheeler’s new draft will stick to the same basic principle but scrutinize companies that put user data at a disadvantage, or in a “slow lane”, damaging what has become known as net neutrality.

In the new draft, Mr. Wheeler is sticking to the same basic approach but will include language that would make 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.

The 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.

Wheeler will supposedly discuss the issue of whether or not the Internet should be considered a utility.