FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the commission will write a new set of network-neutrality rules aimed at preventing broadband providers such as Comcast and Verizon from throttling traffic from Netflix and other online video providers.
The FCC will continue to push for network neutrality rules that could prevent broadband providers from throttling traffic from competitors, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said Thursday.
In a big victory for broadband providers such as Verizon and Comcast, the U.S. Court of Appeals ordered the FCC Tuesday to rewrite network neutrality rules that have prevented ISPs from discriminating against traffic from Netflix and other online video providers.
Although those in the European wireless industry offered a tepid to downbeat reaction to Neelie Kroes' proposal to reshape the telecoms market by, among other things, ending roaming charges and instituting some net neutrality rules, some analysts believe the scheme is a "pragmatic compromise" that will be largely benign to most mobile operators.
The European Union's approach to net neutrality has come in for some ferocious bashing from citizen groups such as La Quadrature du Net, which in turn led to a heated exchange on Twitter between La Quadrature du Net and the EU's digital commissioner, Neelie Kroes, and her team.
AT&T Mobility has begun enabling Apple's FaceTime video chatting service over its cellular network for customers who have an LTE-capable iPhone 5 and an unlimited data plan, according to an AT&T spokesman.
Operators would not be allowed to block or throttle VoIP and messaging services such as Skype if planned net neutrality rules are adopted across the European Union by next Easter.
The European Union's digital chief, Neelie Kroes, made headlines this week with vote-winning pledges to abolish roaming fees next year. At the same time, the GSMA said the European market has lost its way compared to the U.S. mobile market, and partly blames EU regulatory policies that it says "have resulted in a fragmented market structure."
The European Union's digital commissioner, Neelie Kroes, unveiled plans to end mobile roaming charges in Europe by 2014 and bring about net neutrality across the Continent, as she pressed ahead with her vision for a single telecoms market by next year.
Fueling the fire surrounding the likelihood of toll-free data coming to the U.S. market soon, Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo told investors at a Barclays Global Technology, Media and Telecommunications conference today that content providers are starting to see the value in paying the wireless operator for the data consumed by their subscribers when they view their content via a mobile device.