Amid Pressure, FCC Moves Toward Tough Neutrality Rules

By Bill Donahue (May 14, 2014, 9:06 PM EDT) -- In a letter sent Tuesday to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, dozens of musicians and artists — including Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe — urged him to abandon a plan he'd proposed a month earlier for new federal regulations aimed at restoring net neutrality.

Unlike measures struck down by an appeals court in January, Wheeler's new rules would allow ISPs the flexibility to charge "commercially reasonable" rates for preferential treatment of certain traffic — a departure from the traditional idea of net neutrality that immediately stoked fears about an online "fast lane" for those that could...

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