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WASHINGTON POST: The FCC approves strong net neutrality rules


FCC logo(February 26, 2015) – The Washington Post reports today that The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted favorably on enacting new regulations which govern Internet providers. This landmark vote is part of the push for “Net Neutrality,” or a level playing field when it comes to the delivery of services of high-speed (broadband) Internet connections.

The new rules were approved by a 3-to-2 margin, interdicting payments for network “fast lanes,” or slowing down streamed content intentionally. There is a possibility that mobile (wireless) carriers may also be affected by the new ruling as the use of smartphones and devices continues to rise.

In related news, the FCC also granted petitions to preempt state laws that restrict community broadband in Tennessee and North Carolina.

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The Virgin Islands Next Generation Network (viNGN) was established in 2010 as a public corporation; it is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Virgin Islands Public Finance Authority. viNGN was funded primarily from a grant by the National Telecommunications Information Administration (NTIA) as part of a federal program to improve the broadband capacity in the United States, its territories, and the District of Columbia.The program is called the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP).

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