The Federal Communications Commission is now expected to approve a watered down version of net neutrality tomorrow, preventing internet service providers from discriminating between websites. It's a nice gift for internet activists, who have been pushing for this for years.

The FCC chairman has the votes he needs to pass a version of net neutrality that applies to conventional broadband providers but only in weaker form to wireless networks, the New York Times and Washington Post reported tonight. The legislation thus resembles a compromise proposal drawn up by Google and Verizon earlier this year, to much criticism from net neutrality supporters. Indeed, public interest groups are already blasting the anticipated new FCC rules. But the regulations would at least limit the ability of fixed line companies like Comcast to extort access fees from, say, Netflix or Google. That counts, at minimum as a decent stocking stuffer.

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