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The FCC today announced a new set of rules that would keep Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from blocking content and services from users. The Internet as we know it is "neutral" meaning that most ISPs don't limit content from users, be it BitTorrent, streaming video, or anything else that can be legally transmitted through your connection.
Some providers, such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, have taken measures to limit users from certain Internet data, most notably torrents. This has been the bane of many Internet users for the past few years and has sparked the Net Neutrality debate and a campaign to "Save The Internet."
Today's speech [PDF link] by the FCC assured consumers that their neutral Internet would remain such. One of the first rules mentioned is that ISP cannot block content, websites, or apps that compete with the company, or use a high amount of bandwidth.
Of course, this rule could mean that AT&T might not be able to continue blocking VoIP apps, SlingPlayer, or other apps from the iPhone for use on the AT&T wireless network. This would be great news for many iPhone users, but could end up costing consumers more for data plans.