Policy

Wanted: Net-Neutrality Monitors

1/10/2011 12:01 AM Eastern

WASHINGTON — The Federal Communications
Commission last week laid out the ground rules
for its contest for new and improved networkneutrality
monitoring applications.

The FCC on Dec. 21 voted to adopt new
network-neutrality rules, but will rely on caseby-
case enforcement powered by consumer
complaints and its own investigations.

To enlist the surfing public as deputies on
the network-neutrality enforcement beat, the
commission is asking researchers and software
developers to come up with applications and
analysis tools to help consumers “measure and
protect” Internet openness.

Submissions will be accepted starting Feb. 1,
and the window will close June 1.

The FCC will pick two winners of best new or
improved open Internet app and best research
award. It is also soliciting analysis on the best
ways to monitor Internet openness. A People’s
Choice app award winner will be chosen by the
public.