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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski.  The FCC voted today in favor of the chairman's proposed rules governing so-called "net neutrality." (AP)
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. The FCC voted today in favor of the chairman's proposed rules governing so-called "net neutrality." (AP)

The Federal Communications Commission approved a controversial set of rules Tuesday for Internet traffic. Under the new regulations, companies that provide Internet access via fixed lines, like cable, will face more restrictions than companies that provide wireless Internet access.

FCC Chair Julius Genachoswki says the new rules ensure equal access for consumers today and help foster future innovation. Proponents of so-called "net neutrality" say the rules fall short, while some Republicans argue that the rules place a burden on companies, and may be beyond the authority of the FCC. We have details and analysis from Brendan Greeley, technology and policy reporter for The Economist magazine.

This segment aired on December 21, 2010.

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