The Journal says that the new rules would include major concessions to ISPs and other bandwidth providers, explicitly allowing them grant higher network priority to content providers who pay for it, as long as such access is available on "commercially reasonable" terms to all interested content providers. The FCC would decide what is reasonable on a case-by-case basis.
Sinceover their last net neutrality rule proposals, much has happened: Netflix, has started to reach interconnection agreements with ISPs, ; , a deal which has been opposed by many ; and . All of these affect the environment for which the rules are aimed.
The proposed FCC rules would not allow ISPs to block or otherwise discriminate against specific Internet sites. The new rules would also increase disclosure requirements for ISPs of their network management practices.
The significant changes in the rule, generally towards the interests of ISPs, may be an attempt to soften ISP opposition. By the same token, the changes may not satisfy vocal net neutrality proponents.