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Dems' plan would force FCC to ban Internet fast lanes

Lucas Mearian | June 18, 2014
Democrat lawmakers plan to keep the FCC from allowing ISPs from offering higher-bandwidth connections for some Internet traffic over others.

According to the Cisco Visual Networking Index, which analyzes the growth and use of IP networks worldwide, online video is the fastest growing residential service, with a 9.7% annual growth rate expected through 2018.

Video on demand will be the fastest-growing digital television service, with the number of subscribers increasing from 306 million today to 451 million by 2018, according to Cisco.

"ISPs are saying [to content providers], if you want us to increase bandwidth, at what point do we get paid to increase it?" Davis said.

Next month, Leahy plans to hold a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on net neutrality to examine the impact of open Internet rules on competition and consumers.

 

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