FCC Set to Pass Net Neutrality Rules

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The FCC is set to pass Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposed net neutrality rules tomorrow. Though the new regulations seek to prevent Internet carriers from interfering with web traffic, by barring discrimination of legal Internet traffic and requiring more transparency, they also include fewer restrictions on broadband wireless networks and allow broadband providers to charge companies more for faster service. Genachowski's proposal has managed to anger both sides of the political divide, something that can be seen in the opinions of the members of the FCC's five-member board. The two Republicans feel the new rules will be a burden and discourage investment, while the two Democrats feel they don't do enough to dissuade broadband providers from abusing their power. Despite their reservations, the Democrats have agreed to vote in favor of the new rules. [WSJ]