On February 26, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to set rules governing open access to the Internet. The new rules establish standards in three key areas.
- No Blocking: Broadband providers may not block access to legal content, applications, services or non-harmful devices.
- No Throttling: Broadband providers may not impair or denegrade lawful traffic on the basis of content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices.
- No Paid Prioritization: Broadband Providers may not favor some lawful Internet traffic over other lawful Internet traffic, in exchange for consideration of any kind–in other words, no “fast lanes.” This rule also bans ISPs from prioritizing content and services of their affiliates.
A press release with more information regarding the vote can be found here.