Following the removal of open Internet provisions stemming from the Verizon v. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) decision in January, the FCC has repeatedly stated that it would work to keep the Internet equitable for traffic of all types. On April 23, the FCC announced that new a proposal to preserve the concept of net neutrality will be released on May 15. Sources say that while the plan will protect traffic from Internet service provider favoritism, it will also allow for companies to pay for faster connectivity.
The move is seen as an attempt by regulators to find common ground between consumers and service providers, and is likely to leave no party fully satisfied. While consumer advocates argue that the ability to pay for preferred service will inevitably lead to discrimination against those who do not pay, service providers say it will allow them to provide customers with new products.