March 21, 2011 11:18 ET

Net Neutrality Threatened by Lawsuits Against FCC

ROCKVILLE, MD--(Marketwire - March 21, 2011) - has announced the addition of Information Trends' new report "The New Neutrality Conundrum: Does the Internet Need Regulation?," to their collection of Software & Enterprise Computing market reports. For more information, visit

FCC's ability to implement the National Broadband Plan will be severely compromised if the current push to clip its authority succeeds, according to a study released by Information Trends. Titled, "The Net Neutrality Conundrum: Does the Internet need Regulation," the study examine recent moves to limit the reach of FCC so as to prevent it from enforcing Net Neutrality, the neutrality of the Internet.

The FCC is being attacked on two fronts, the study pointed out. On the one hand, ISP's such as Verizon and MetroPCS have sued the FCC in an attempt to have its Open Internet rules repealed. On the other hand, the House of Representatives has passed a bill seeking to curb FCC's ability to enforce Net Neutrality. These moves, on a broader level, will severely inhibit the ability of the FCC to perform its functions, particularly with reference to the "public interest, convenience and necessity" provision the Communications Act, the study said.

With Web 2.0 has come the capability for operators to block or slow access to competitors Websites that will allow operators to realize their "paid prioritization" plans, the study said. The FCC has always exercised forbearance in regulating computer technologies, the study said, and its Net Neutrality rules are designed to keep the Internet free of attempts by operators to prioritize traffic.

The beauty of the Internet is a user's ability to go to any website and access any application without intervention of a third party, the report said. Paid prioritization will change this because it will put into the hands of the operator the power to control a user's Internet access. It will inhibit the growth of small, entrepreneurial companies who are not able to match major corporations in filling the coffers of the operators.

If operators were allowed to selectively prioritize Internet traffic, the study said, it will amount to censorship of content in violation of First Amendment rights of content providers. Such a move will have international repercussions since it will set a precedent for other countries to follow. Prioritization of Internet traffic will be used by governments in non-democratic governments to block their citizen's access to information.

It is true that the Internet traffic is seeing rapid growth, but the solution is to add network capacity rather than prioritizing traffic. Any attempt to stifle net neutrality will inflict a blow on new product innovation, limit a user's Internet access, and increase price of operators' Internet services. One the other hand, if the Internet is allowed to continue it's traditional of openness, it will spur market growth and technical innovation.

The Internet is one of the most phenomenal developments of this age, and it is critical that its neutrality is maintained, the study said. Web 2.0 represents dynamic as opposed to static site content. The provider of a Web 2.0 service offers a platform for the users to interact. With Web 2.0, a group of people collaborate to create and share information.

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