INFLUENCE GAME: Government takes on the Internet
WASHINGTON (AP) — Should the company that supplies your Internet access be allowed to cut deals with online services such as Netflix, Amazon or YouTube to move their content faster?
The Federal Communications Commission is tackling the question this fall after the public submitted a record 3.7 million comments on the subject.
That's more than double the number filed after Janet Jackson's infamous wardrobe malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl.
Agency chairman Tom Wheeler says that financial arrangements between broadband providers and content sites might be OK so long as the agreement is "commercially reasonable" and if companies disclose publicly how they prioritize Internet traffic.
But not everyone agrees.
Netflix and much of the public accuse the FCC of handing the Internet over to the highest bidders.