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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  "Shop It To Me" website is seen during a Toast to Annie Ladino at 60 Thompson on June 13, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images) NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: "Shop It To Me" website is seen during a Toast to Annie Ladino at 60 Thompson on June 13, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)  

FCC sends net neutrality rules to White House

The Federal Communications Commission sent its semi-final draft of net neutrality rules to the White House for approval Thursday, bringing the controversial Internet rules one step closer to enforcement.

The FCC sent its proposed rules to the White House Office of Management and Budget, where the OMB will gather data from internet service providers on their networks and performance before making recommendations on the rules. (Top Senate Republicans call for more transparency in debt limit negotiations)

Full approval of the FCC’s proposal is still likely a few months away. Besides OMB review, the rules still must go through several other steps, including public comment period, before they become official.

Net neutrality would prohibit Internet service providers from limiting access to their consumers, both in terms of bandwidth and content. Proponents say it would prevent providers from creating a tiered Internet or intentionally slowing down service for lower-paying consumers. Critics say net neutrality isn’t necessary and, even if it was, free-market competition would fix the problem anyways.

Some Republicans are trying to stop the FCC from enforcing net neutrality, but their efforts appear to have little chance of success. The president has said he will veto any such attempts.

But even then, it’s highly expected that many companies will sue the FCC to try and overturn the rules.

  • jonathan galt

    Nearly all ” prime” beef is sold to restaurants. If you are able to buy it retail it will cost you twice as much as a restaurant pays. The idea behind grocery stores is to give people access to a wide variety of food stuffs. The FDA clearly needs to provide equal access to all at the same price for prime beef. And, what’s the deal with first class seating on airplanes and suites in hotels, we must make this equal to all. My neighbor pays more and gets premium channels, no fair! Spike lee gets floor seats at Knicks games — I want mine now. James reardon has a premium product and process- must be stopped. We have a nation of Veruca Salts!!!!

  • jonathan galt

    What you are spoon feeding us less intelligent common folk smells like the same stink bait that got us Obamacare. Without government regulation and control we are done for. Scare tactics. It is amazing how the market finds a way to deal with inequities. Somehow we are all supposed to be concerned about underground musicians, gamers, hackers, and other pipe cloggers. It is always the same line from you underdog-matics– we need regulations and government intervention to save us from big pharma, big oil, big telco, big healthcare, big insurance, big tobacco, big sugary treats, big conservative radio, etal. When the government jumps in , we pay more, lose quality and business is forced overseas. If it was not for these ” big” companies paying incredible fees for t-1 lines in the 90’s. We would never have made the band width progress at the low cost it is today. Do you think in the early days of the Internet the phone companies were obligated to hook up every person to t-1 pipes? My company paid 50k to have it done; and then astronomical monthly fees by today’s standards to use it. We made more money by doing it. Then others moved into my building and got lower cost service because we paid to dig up the street and other costs. Their business prospered and cost for all came down. They built another building next door and it was cheaper for them too. Did I whine because, we paid the initial cost, absolutely  not; we were looking to pay for the next innovation that would give us an advantage and figured out what we can do to serve all the new business in the area due to the high speed pipes that the mean phone company made me pay for when others could not.

  • jonathan galt

    What you are spoon feeding us less intelligent common folk smells like the same bs that got us Obamacare. Without government regulation and control we are done for. Scare tactics. It is amazing how the market finds a way to deal with inequities. Somehow we are all supposed to be concerned about underground musicians, gamers, hackers, and other pipe cloggers. It is always the same line from you underdog-matics– we need regulations and government intervention to save us from big pharma, big oil, big telco, big healthcare, big insurance, big tobacco, big sugary treats, big conservative radio, etal. When the government jumps in , we pay more, lose quality and business is forced overseas. If it was not for these ” big” companies paying incredible fees for t-1 lines in the 90′s. We would never have made the band width progress at the low cost it is today. Do you think in the early days of the Internet the phone companies were obligated to hook up every person to t-1 pipes? My company paid 50k to have it done; and then astronomical monthly fees by today’s standards to use it. We made more money by doing it. Then others moved into my building and got lower cost service because we paid to dig up the street and other costs. There business prospered and cost for all came down. They built another building next door and it was cheaper for them too. Did I whine because, we paid the initial cost, he’ll no we were looking to pay for the next innovation that would give us an advantage and figured out what we can do to serve all the new business in the area due to the high speed pipes that the mean phone company made me pay for when others could not.

    Those tiers you talk about are tiers of growth, when the first adopters and big business pay a premium it gives the incentive to build even a better tier. If they don’t, someone else will. These tiers of growth is what made America great. You underdog matics should quit your whining and figure out to take advantage of the opportunities afforded us not expect the government to force the broadband companies to give away their product. So you can blog, dream big, play games, upload music.

    So thanks for spoon feeding us small thinkers but we do know the difference between s and shinola.

  • MJHBAMA

    The FCC is just trying to stay relevant. Like Obama’s little raid on Medical Marijuana, his personally killing Bin Laden, and his no-nonsense, leadership professing skills when he told Congress to “Get it done” (or was that “geterdun”. I get BHO snd Larry the Cable Guy mixed up all the time.) The FCC bureaucrats are doing this so they can keep their cush job.

  • WhatConstitution

    Does reading the news lead you to believe you really know what’s going on in America?

    This may be shocking, but here are 5 things you’re most likely wrong about.

    You never heard of Sarah Palin before she was announced as McCain’s running mate. If you believe that her name is really Sarah Palin, you’re wrong.

    Palin and McCain said they were going to reform Washington. If you think they were going to do this by getting elected, you’re wrong.

    Obama disappeared for 2 weeks after winning the election only to reappear looking exhausted sitting next to John McCain, with a bad poker face, for a press photo shoot. If you believe Obama has free will and the feds aren’t writing his teleprompter, you’re wrong.

    If you believe that we caught Bin Laden immediately following the release of Obama’s birth certificate, you’re wrong.

    If you believe that the feds haven’t recruited editors, journalists, and moderators to write the headlines and control the commenting on major news sites in an effort to suppress this information, you’re very wrong.

    This is what our federal government doesn’t want leaking out
    http://alturl.com/nj22n

  • fourleafclover

    Net neutrality is a Google tax. Be ready to pay for your neighbor’s kids downloading illegal content, movies, and music.