Internet service providers led by Comcast Corp. are pushing to protect from federal regulations their ability to demand fees from high-volume data users such as Netflix Inc.
Netflix, the world’s largest subscription video streaming service, and middlemen such as Level 3 Communications Inc. and Cogent Communications Holdings Inc. have asked regulators to prevent Internet providers from charging for connections.
The issue is one of many the Federal Communications Commission will resolve in a vote set for Feb. 26 on rules to ensure all Internet traffic is treated equally, a policy called net neutrality. The FCC also will decide whether to include mobile service under the rules, a step Chairman Tom Wheeler has indicated he favors. Wheeler already said paid “fast lanes” would be prohibited under the rules he will propose. He hasn’t said publicly if traffic exchanges are to be included.
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