What do you need to know about the ‘internet deals’ deal?
The “internet deals” have been a hot topic of conversation since the FCC took over the oversight of the internet last month, and the FTC’s announcement on Thursday is sure to fuel speculation.
The rules allow Internet service providers (ISPs) to offer content-delivery networks (SDNs) that connect subscribers to websites that deliver the content they’ve requested, and they can also offer services such as online music streaming, video calling and even voice calls, among others.
The FTC’s rules are likely to expand those powers to include content-sharing agreements and data-sharing arrangements that could include the delivery of the content.
The internet deal framework is one of the many rules the FTC has in place to address the increasing number of complaints about ISPs violating consumers’ rights and privacy.
But the rules are still subject to public comment and a potential court challenge, and some worry that the FCC is moving too slowly.
The FCC will be releasing its proposal for the rulemaking process at 11:59 p.m.
ET on Monday, and we’re already hearing that a lot of folks are asking what they can expect from the rule.
We’ll be covering the rules as they come out, so stay tuned for all the news.
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Internet deals, or data-shifting agreements, are one of a variety of business arrangements where the content providers or content creators agree to deliver the consumer content or services they’re offering without giving the consumer the opportunity to opt out of that arrangement.
While consumers can choose to opt-out of data-shift agreements, they can still choose to do so in order to get the full benefits of data sharing, such as faster downloads, faster uploads and better access to content.
Some of the concerns have been raised that the rules could give companies such as Netflix or Facebook preferential treatment over other ISPs, which could potentially lead to higher prices for consumers.
The biggest concern has been that data-share agreements could open the door to the introduction of new data-gathering practices that would ultimately be allowed under the rules.