Posted August 06, 2018 11:53:28After years of fighting a battle to get more competition into the U.S. broadband market, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is now trying to change the way it determines which kinds of companies and companies like Comcast can get priority for its “fast lane” rules.
The FCC announced Tuesday that it has decided to make broadband providers pay for prioritization.
This would be a major change in the way that the U of A decides which companies get priority in the U-verse network.
The changes would affect many different types of companies, including ISPs, cable companies, telephone companies, and satellite companies.
The move would likely impact ISPs and cable companies that provide Internet access to millions of U of T students, but also will likely affect a lot of smaller companies that do not have the same level of financial resources to compete with ISPs.
The FCC made a decision to let ISPs pay for priority in October of last year, after a decade of fighting with the U’s Department of Justice to get the same treatment.
The FTC has said that the changes will have an impact on the U as a whole, as the changes would hurt smaller ISPs and could impact the quality of service offered by larger ISPs.
The Commission is also seeking to give consumers a better chance to get online, especially for schools and students.
The new rules are part of the agency’s reclassification effort.