FCC Approves Paid Prioritization Internet Proposal, but More Debate to Come

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In a three-to-two vote, the Federal Communications Commission decided to advance Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal on net neutrality. This proposal allows for "paid prioritization,"which essentially allows an Internet "fast" and "slow" lane. Internet service providers (ISPs) now have the opportunity to charge content creators (websites) for faster speeds and higher quality connections, ensuring that website's visitors will have the best possible user experience. 

The vote went along party lines, as expected. While the proposal was approved, this is not a final ruling. It is, however, a step forward and will likely spur even greater backlash from the head honchos of Silicon Valley and others in the digital world. There will now be a further public comment period before a final vote later this year.

Not even the FCC is particularly pleased with the proposal as it sits. Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who voted yes on the proposal, would have preferred a delay to the vote. She called the process which lead to today's ruling "flawed."  

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