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Mozilla lobbies FCC to reform net neutrality

Hang on, it's got a brilliant idea
Tue May 06 2014, 11:27
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SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has suggested a solution to America's net neutrality dilemma.

In a blog post, Mozilla senior policy engineer Chris Riley explained that the company thinks there's a better way than the widely criticised proposal by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that would allow internet "fast lanes", removing the equality of service that internet service providers (ISPs) traditionally have been required to deliver for all traffic.

In the vision that Mozilla has launched as a petition, internet service would remain equal up to the "last mile", the distance from the closest ISP edge facility to a subscriber's premises.

It is at this point that, under Mozilla's proposals, an ISP could offer a content provider - such as Dropbox or Netflix - a direct line, similar to that being provided under a certain amount of protest to Netflix by Comcast and Verizon.

Mozilla argues that these "Remote Delivery" services should specifically be reclassified as telecommunications services, bringing them clearly back under the FCC remit that was successfully challenged by Verizon in the appeal that triggered the present crisis.

Mozilla believes that "clear authority and meaningful, enforceable rules would provide lasting certainty".

Although the FCC has no obligation to even read Mozilla's proposal, let alone consider it, Mozilla has committed to promoting open dialogue about its idea in the coming weeks, and apparently it is an organisation that is tired of the controversy surrounding the issue and has decided to become part of the solution. µ


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