There are reports citing reservations on the Federal Communication Commission’s new hybrid plan for internet neutrality, stating that it may support split-the-baby approach.
After considering recommendations from diverse internet users, the FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has finally forged a plan that could divide the internet into two subdivisions: namely the retail world wide web and the wholesale world wide web. The wholesale will deal with the back-end section where retail will be connected directly to the consumers.
The Hybrid Plan will classify the telecommunications as a back-end service and will directly connect to various agencies such as phone companies, federal agencies and others. This will be directly connected to the internet without favoring treatments of the ISPs. The other retail front-end will be regulated for the consumers and it will be regulated by the government directly.
Free Press CEO Craig Aaron said in a statement:
“This Frankenstein proposal is no treat for Internet users, and they shouldn’t be tricked,”, “No matter how you dress it up, any rules that don’t clearly restore the agency’s authority and prevent specialized fast lanes and paid prioritization aren’t real Net Neutrality.”
The proposal has not made it to the order yet, but rumors state that it shall be announced publicly next month. Since the last two proposals made by the FCC were turned down by the Federal courts, most believe this would be no exception either.
The government is also trying to diminish the monopolistic market created by the ISP’s by formulating and implementing stringent rules so that these ISP’s can be regulated.