Companies like Comcast and Cox have been able to maintain their current rates of high speeds despite the impact of Hurricane Sandy, as the storm has caused significant disruptions to their networks.
But while the federal government has issued a number of temporary net neutrality rules to prevent ISPs from favoring their own content or blocking or throttling competitors, the FCC is still considering new rules that would allow companies like AT&T and Verizon to charge content companies to prioritize their own data over competitors’ data.
These changes are currently in the process of being considered by the FCC’s commission, which has the authority to set new rules.
But for now, the ISPs will continue to charge these companies to have their data prioritized over competitors.
While it is possible for the FCC to set a new, temporary net-neutrality standard for ISPs, the new rules would not go into effect until the commission votes on them.
The FCC has said it is considering whether to set up an Internet regulatory authority (IRA) to help the ISPs deal with the fallout from the storm, but the FCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the issue.