The Digital Media Lawyer Blog:  “The Internet world has long been abuzz about the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) proposed new rules for net neutrality.  The proposed rules, which were issued on October 22, 2009, would prohibit ISPs from discriminating against ‘lawful’ content, applications and service, subject to the needs of ‘reasonable network management.’  The promulgation of these new rules was speeded by the FCC’s 2008 actions against Comcast, which it accused of interfering with the transmission of BitTorrent files – a peer-to-peer file sharing protocol.  As the basis for its actions against Comcast, as well as its proposed rulemaking, the FCC cited its longstanding agency policies to encourage the development of broadband and promote the open and interconnected nature of the Internet.”