Nov 06, 2014

What is the FCC’s proposed “hybrid solution” to net neutrality?

After receiving millions of public comments, the FCC has apparently decided on some kind of hybrid solution for net neutrality rules. Apparently, no one is happy about this, with Verizon threatening to sue the FCC and net neutrality advocates already planning protests. What does the proposed “hybrid solution” actually do, and why is everyone unhappy with it?
Techworld has a nice summary of the hybrid solution:

“The hybrid approach Wheeler reportedly favors would divide broadband into two services for the purpose of regulation.
One service would be retail broadband access, which would remain lightly regulated, and the second would be back-end transit service, which the FCC would reclassify as a regulated common carrier, similar to utility-style regulation for traditional telephone service. Mozilla proposed this type of hybrid regulatory model back in May.

Under the Mozilla plan, the FCC would divide last-mile broadband service into two "distinct relationships," one between the broadband provider and the end user, and the second a remote delivery service offered by the broadband provider to websites, cloud storage and other online services.”

As for Verizon’s threat to sue...they don’t want any regulation. They only want laws that benefit them directly, and nothing that forces them to do anything.
Here's an interesting article about this on the NY Times site:

"But unlike policies previously considered, which treated the entire Internet ecosystem as a single universe, the hybrid proposal would establish a divide between “wholesale” and “retail” transactions.

It would apply utilitylike regulation to the wholesale portion, the exchange of data from the content provider to the Internet service provider for passage through to the end consumer. The retail portion, the transaction that sends data through the Internet service provider to the consumer and which allows the consumer to access any legal content on the Internet, would receive a lighter regulatory touch."
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