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FCC adopts net neutrality rules

San Francisco Chronicle - Federal regulators have issued new rules that ultimately will affect how Americans access videos over the Internet and how carriers charge for content.

The 3-2 vote by the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday strikes a balance between Silicon Valley content creators, who use digital networks to deliver their virtual wares, and the cable and telephone companies that want to sell their own content and services to customers in addition to hooking them up to the World Wide Web.

The new rules codify FCC guidelines that instruct network carriers not to block or discriminate against Internet content providers, while giving them broad latitude to experiment with measures that might include differential pricing or traffic controls to manage their networks - with the understanding that the FCC will investigate and punish carriers it thinks have abused the rules.