FCC Chief Says No Additional Internet Authority Is Needed

By: AP
By: AP

CAPITOL HILL (AP) - The nation's top communications regulator
says his agency has all the power it needs to keep Internet service
providers from discriminating against some Web surfers.
Kevin Martin, who chairs the Federal Communications Commission,
told a Senate panel that new legislation isn't necessary.
His testimony came at a time when the issue of "network
neutrality" has heated up. That's the principle that people should
be able to go where they choose on the Internet without
interference from network owners.
Comcast has admitted that it sometimes delayed file-sharing
traffic for subscribers, as a way to keep Web traffic flowing.
Two senators have proposed legislation that would force those
who control Internet service to treat all traffic equally.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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