“Network Neutrality.” You’ve been hearing a lot about it. Now it’s looking like it may be closer than ever to becoming a reality.
Federal regulators are moving ahead with a plan to bar phone and cable companies from blocking or discriminating against Internet traffic flowing over their broadband networks. The head of the Federal Communications Commission has outlined his proposal for net neutrality. The hope is that the measure could be voted on by the full FCC before the end of the year. Net neutrality rules were one of the Obama administration’s top campaign pledges to the technology industry. But the plan is opposed by Republicans in Congress — and with the midterm election results, they have gained a stronger foothold in both chambers.