A divided Federal Communications Commission on April 17 grappled further with the thorny issue of how to relieve increasing online congestion, disagreeing sharply over whether government regulations are needed.


The five-member commission met at Stanford University during a planned seven-hour meeting delving into "net neutrality," the principle that all internet traffic be treated equally. Many schools and universities have come out publicly in support of measures to ensure that internet service providers cannot serve as arbitrary gatekeepers to online content or create a two-tiered delivery system: One for users who can pay extra for preferred status, and a slower one for

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