FCC pushes back against Obama on net neutrality

In the face of President Obama’s call for the FCC to adopt fresh legislation to protect net neutrality, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has reminded the leader politely that the agency works for Congress, not the White House.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has found itself at the heart of a discussion on what is deemed net neutrality — the principle of treating all Internet traffic the same way.

The US communications regulator is currently thrashing out a new set of net neutrality rules, but the current proposal would allow for telecommunications and broadband providers to charge content providers, such as Netflix, for priority Internet fast-lanes. If content providers refused to pay additional rates, theoretically, this could result in throttled speeds for US subscribers — or ISPs which produce their own content could slow down rivals in a bid to promote their own services.

The proposal drew mass protest and a high volume of comments by the public, which resulted in the US watchdog delaying a change in regulations for now.

FK – Meanwhile on the rest of the net:

The dark side of Internet of Things, FBI and China, and other government disappointments [Government IT Week]

FK – No, I haven’t read all those, just these two:

Fraud possible in Brazil’s e-voting system

Waze unveils government data exchange program

FK – I’ve used Waze. It works well but didn’t know google had bought it.

We must not allow the internet to be an ungoverned space: UK PM

FK – Ultimately the ‘extremists’ are anyone who challenges their power.