The European Commission announced a Net neutrality policy that seeks to protect the open Internet, in part by banning paid prioritization. However, certain provisions seem to allow fast lanes for content that qualifies as specialized services.
The idea of compromise on Net neutrality rules has gained ground even as the partisan debate over the rules continues. Some advocate a deal that would bar "fast lanes" but also would ensure that the Internet remains a communications service, not a common carrier, for regulatory purposes.
Large venture funding rounds, initial public offerings on Australia's stock exchange, crowdfunding and more seed funding all have made Southeast Asia's startup scene quite vibrant. Justin Hall of Golden Gate Ventures expects venture firms to invest $1 billion in the region over the next two years.
Small and midsize companies are adding their voices to those that oppose the Federal Communications Commission's proposed Net neutrality rules, which would allow private "fast lanes." One group argues that anything short of full Net neutrality will put Internet startups at a disadvantage.
Entrepreneurs will be among the biggest losers if the Federal Communication Commission allows Internet "fast lanes," Phil LaDuke writes. But he also writes that "[e]ntrepreneurs have a way of turning unfair regulations on their ear and creating innovations."