The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
FTC to Investigate Need For Net Neutrality

FTC to Investigate Need For Net Neutrality

by , 9:40 AM EDT, August 23rd, 2006

An Internet Access Task Force has been created by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to look in to concerns that broadband Internet providers may block or slow down content from some Web sites if there isn't some form of net neutrality protection. According to InfoWorld, the agency plans to evaluate the need for net neutrality legislation, along with the possible consequences.

The idea behind net neutrality is that all Internet-based services - like browsing Web pages, Voice over IP, and watching streaming videos - should be treated equally. Net neutrality proponents claim that legislation is necessary to prohibit broadband service providers from charging companies like Google and Skype fees, or face reduced data transmission speeds, or possibly even having domains blocked from end users.

Deborah Platt Majoras, chairwoman for the FTC, said that so far net neutrality supports have not offered any examples to show where the market is failing at providing equal access to Internet services. She added "While I am sounding cautionary notes about new legislation, let me make clear that if broadband providers engage in anticompetitive conduct, we will not hesitate to act using our existing authority."

The FTC has not said how long the task force investigation is likely to take.

Recent Headlines - Updated December 21st

Fri,5:31 PM
Google, Samsung can’t Top Apple’s Unreleased Apple Watch
5:10 PM
Report: Apple Pay is Disrupting and Transforming Mobile Payments
4:04 PM
Apple Raises Prices in Russian App Store Amidst Ruble Meltdown
3:55 PM
The Unexpected Ways Apple Watch Will Crush the Competition
2:29 PM
6-Ft MFi-Certified iOS Lightning and micro USB Convertible Charging Cable: $21
1:41 PM
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-12-19
11:02 AM
Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls BS on BBC iPhone Factory Film
9:11 AM
McDonald’s Supersizes Sales with Apple’s iBeacon Tech
Thu,8:09 PM
BBC Films ‘Apple’s Broken Promises’ for Worker Conditions in Pegatron iPhone Factory
6:20 PM
Save 96% on The World’s Largest iOS 8 + Swift eLearning Bootcamp
5:30 PM
Apple Pay Expansion Worldwide Will Have Vast Repercussions
2:07 PM
The Story Behind Apple’s ‘The Song’ Commercial (Video)
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!