The highly controversial Net Neutrality rules have been passed by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which prohibits broadband providers from blocking customer access to legal Web content. But the actual verdict is far different from what the backers of the idea thought they’d be getting.

The net neutrality regulations ban content blocking and require transparency from ISPs such as AT&T, Verizon and Comcast. The ISPs will be required to treat all information traveling over broadband networks equally in efforts to ensure net neutrality. Wireless providers will be prohibited from unjustly discriminating in transmitting lawful traffic over a consumer’s wireline broadband Internet service.

The legislation will require the FCC to handle enforcement on a case-by-case basis as well as ‘transparency’ from wired broadband providers in disclosing information such as price, performance and network management in efforts to preserve the openness of the Internet.

Despite strong opposition from the two Republicans on the five-member commission, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski and his two fellow Democrats on the board passed the legislation with a 3-2 vote.


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