Wireless carriers shouldn't be allowed to block certain types of internet traffic flowing over their networks, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Sept. 21 in a speech that predictably got a cool response from the industry, but fell in line with what higher-education IT officials have lobbied for in recent years.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said wireless carriers should be subject to the same "open internet" rules the agency has begun to apply to home broadband providers. That might mean that a carrier couldn't, for example, ban the use of file-sharing services on its wireless network (as AT&T Inc.


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