During the fall, the FCC began to draft rules that would mandate that all Internet providers give equal treatment to all data flowing across their network. Now the FCC hopes that a legal dispute involving Comcast will allow it to establish legal authority over providers. The FCC and the communications giant are to meet in a federal appeals court today.
Comcast and other operators, such at AT&T and Verizon, argue that they must reserve the right to control content to remain competitive and differentiate themselves. Comcast, for example, bans the use of BitTorrent on its network, which could be used to transfer large movie files, and therefore threaten its core cable business.
Companies such as Google and Skype support network neutrality, on fears that providers could ban their voice over IP services on the grounds that it threatens their traditional telephone business.
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