Broadband Must Not Block Lawful Content

     WASHINGTON (CN) – The Federal Communications Commission has established three protections for broadband users, to preserve and reinforce Internet freedom and openness, according to new FCC rules.
     The protections, effective Nov. 20, are: transparency in network management practices, performance characteristics, and commercial terms; no blocking of lawful content; and no unreasonable discrimination in transmissions.
     Fixed broadband providers may not block lawful content, applications, services or non-harmful devices, and may not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful network traffic, under the new rules.
     Mobile broadband providers may not block lawful Web sites, or block applications that compete with their voice or video telephony services, under the new rules.
     The protections are grounded in broadly accepted Internet norms and prior FCC decisions, according to the agency.
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