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Serious Revision of Net Neutrality Plan is Needed

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler refuted that he is trying to separate the Internet into fast and slow lanes responding to a letter sent last week by some of the U.S.’s biggest Internet businesses.

On Friday, Wheeler responded to a letter that he received from more than 100 Internet giants and startups who complained about his proposed net neutrality rules.

Tom Wheeler, the head of the FCC, is revising suggested rules for regulating broadband Internet, which now includes offering assurances that the agency will not allow companies to separate Web traffic into fast and slow lanes.

The new terms by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is an effort to address criticism of his proposal disclosed last month that would not let broadband providers to block or slow down websites but allow them to make deals in which content companies could pay them for faster delivery of Web content to customers.

The proposal has drawn criticism from a wide range of players in the technology world, including such giants as Google Inc., Netflix Inc. and dozens of prominent tech investors, who say that such deals will definitely separate the Internet into fast and slow lanes.

In the new draft, Mr. Wheeler will include language that would make clear that the FCC will investigate the deals to make sure that the broadband providers will not put nonpaying companies’ content at a disadvantage.

Mr. Wheeler’s language will also invite comments on whether broadband Internet service should be considered as a public utility, which would allow greater regulation of it.

But Mr. Wheeler’s alterations are not likely to soften the notion of critics of the plan, especially those who are calling for a fully neutral Internet in which all traffic is treated the same.



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