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FCC caves to public pressure - will ban Internet 'fast lanes'

FCC caves to public pressure - will ban Internet 'fast lanes'
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Those Internet 'fast lanes' never stood a chance.

After public outcry over the idea of some companies paying Internet Service Providers to get a faster connection to consumers, FCC has clarified its position.

[FCC Chairman Tom] Wheeler is seeking to specifically ban certain types of fast-lanes, including prioritization given by ISPs to their subsidiaries that make and stream content, according to an FCC official who wasn't authorized talk about the revisions publicly before the vote. The FCC would retain powers to review any prioritization deals that may pose public harm.

Fast lanes won't be banned entirely and will allow for some deals, like medical or other emergencies.

This fight is over the idea of Net Neutrality, which is about stopping Internet service providers from interfering or discriminating against data going through their networks.

Last month, Wheeler and the FCC proposed allowing some companies to get access fast lanes on "commercially reasonable" terms - in other words, for a fee.

What's really going on with Net Neutrality? Here are 3 things you must know about Net Neutrality.

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Source: USA Today
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