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FCC Proposes New Rules on Internet Access

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission proposed an approach to regulating broadband Internet service on Thursday (May 6) that would reclassify the transmission component as a basic utility subject to the agency's oversight in order to enforce consumer protections and equal access.

But Julius Genachowski, the FCC chairman, said the approach would specifically forbid the commission from regulating rates charged by telephone and cable companies for Internet service and would not allow the commission to regulate Internet content, services, applications or electronic commerce sites.

The approach, Mr. Genachowski said, maintains the "status quo"and is intended to be "consistent with the longstanding consensus regarding the limited but essential role that the government should play with respect to broadband communications."

From The New York Times
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