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FCC "Open Internet" Rule Published

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

September 26, 2011

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Friday published its "open Internet" order in The Federal Register. The order aims to balance consumer and content provider interests with those of Web access providers, reports Reuters, and one access provider has pledged to take the FCC to court over it. The rules, adopted last December, go into effect on November 20 and stop ISPs from blocking legal content such as applications that require a lot of bandwidth. An FCC spokesman said the rules will increase certainty and predictability, but some public interest groups are saying the FCC succumbed to industry pressure and the rules don't go far enough.
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