*Are some versions of the Internet more equal than others?
The Federal Communications Commission passed its first-ever regulation of the Internet today, in a net neutrality compromise that saw its 3-2 vote split sharply along party lines.
The full text of the new regulations will not be published until later this week, but the broad strokes of the deal are now known. There will be two sets of regulations governing the way an Internet service provider is allowed to control your access, depending on whether you are accessing the Net wirelessly or via a landline.
Broadband service providers will be forbidden from blocking access to any legal Internet sites and services from any “unreasonable” discrimination against data. In real-world terms, this means ISPs will not be allowed to slow traffic on a website — say, YouTube — that competes with a service they offer.
Providers will be allowed greater leeway in how to manage their networks. For instance, they will be allowed to charge websites more for faster access but will also be forced to disclose how they are handling the traffic on those networks.
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