The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is inviting the public to submit evidence of any practices by broadband Internet access providers that would warrant the FCC prohibiting discrimination in broadband services. The FCC seems disinclined to take any action in the absence of verifiable examples of discriminatory practices that are technically feasible today.
Proponents of "net neutrality" rules argue that broadband network operators can discriminate against competing content or service providers by analyzing information in data packets passing through their networks and using that information to block or delay delivery of competitors’ information. However, some packet prioritization may be justifiable, such as to prioritize packets used for voice-over-IP calls or other latency-sensitive applications.
If the FCC finds evidence of anticompetitive discrimination, it may decide to amend a 2005 Policy Statement on broadband regulation to prohibit broadband providers from engaging in discriminatory practices that could harm consumers. The FCC is inviting comments and reply comments through June 15, 2007, and July 17, 2007, respectively.