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Net Neutrality Order Passes With Big Loopholes


Update: Net Neutrality orders passed the FCC on December 21st with exemptions from regulation for wireless and mobile connections and little to prevent paid content prioritization.

The order, in addition to the shortcomings listed below, also opens real questions about the legal status of FCC enforcement of the wireline neutrality provisions, as the failure to reclassify broadband services from Title I to Title II calls the regulatory authority of the agency into question.

Wireless users, including "wifi warriors" who do much of their working and recreational cyber activities on portable computers via cafes, and smart phone owners who access the Internet largely through their cell phones and tablet devices, will operate in an unregulated environment and may find their Internet activities "managed" by their provider of choice.

 The order also fails to address content prioritization schemes, which range from premium services for content providers who pay extra to privileging content produced by the ISP itself and/or corporate partners. 






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