The head of the FCC plans to propose new rules that would prohibit internet service providers from interfering with the free flow of information and certain applications over their networks, reports the Associated Press. The Federal Communications Commission chairman, Julius Genachowski, will announce the proposed rules in a speech Sept. 21 at the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C., think tank, an FCC official said on condition of anonymity. The proposals would uphold a pledge Barack Obama made during the presidential campaign to support internet neutrality, or the equal treatment of web traffic. That would bar internet service providers from slowing or blocking certain services or content flowing through their vast networks. Internet providers have opposed regulations that would inhibit the way they control their networks, arguing they need to be able to make sure applications that consume a lot of bandwidth don’t slow internet access to other users. The FCC adopted four principles on internet policy in 2005. Observers think the agency likely will adopt a fifth principle on nondiscrimination as part of the expected new rules. The FCC official declined to elaborate on the new rules but said the agency wants to create a baseline standard for all platforms that deliver the internet…

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