U. S. communications regulator, the Federal Communications Commission has said that several types of paid prioritization agreements could be in violation of its new net neutrality regulations.
The new regulations allow Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) to offer faster access to their networks by some services over others. Michael Copps and Mignon Clyburn, members of FCC had backed the proposals presented by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski earlier this month.
The new regulations will restrict high-speed Internet providers from blocking lawful traffic, but recognize the need to manage network congestion and probably charges based on usage. The move could help plans by companies like Microsoft Corp , Google Inc and Amazon. com to offer Video content over Internet lines to customer’s houses.
The commission said that deals for fast-lane treatment could raise concerns. The new rules bar ISPs from involving in unreasonable discrimination but did not appear to impose a blanket ban on paid prioritization.
The FCC has raised the entire 194-page order last week. It said that there are several reasons why paid prioritization deals are not favored. The FCC said that prioritization deals marked a "departure from longstanding norms" that could "cause great harm to innovation and investment in and on the Internet."
The commission added, "pay-for-priority arrangements may particularly harm non-commercial end users, including individual bloggers, libraries, schools, advocacy organizations, and other speakers, especially those who communicate through video or other content sensitive to network congestion."