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FCC Enters Net Neutrality Fray

As FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski put it, "There is no question that the openness of the Internet is the secret sauce to its success." To protect that openness, the FCC is set to begin drafting regulations to prevent Internet providers from deciding which services and content are delivered to their customers. The FCC's first attempt to regulate the web would codify current guidelines, prevent discrimination of content by Internet providers, and force carriers to disclose how they manage network traffic. The announcement worried Internet providers, who are nervous that the new rules could force them to carry bandwidth-hogging services at the expense of other priorities and other unintended consequences.