FCC postpones US net neutrality vote as Obama calls for stricter regulation

A vital US vote on whether the internet is a public utility has been delayed until 2015 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

FCC delays is it considers whether net traffic should be prioritised

The FCC postponed the vote after president Obama earlier this week said he wants to implement tougher rules to enforce net neutrality despite ISPs feeling they should be able to prioritise higher-paying traffic.

In an email to the Daily Dot, Kim Hart, press secretary of the FCC confirmed the vote will be held off until 2015, despite a prior agreement to have the issue settled by the end of the year.

President Obama said: “Net neutrality has been built into the fabric of the internet since its creation. We cannot allow ISPs to restrict the best access or to pick winners and losers in the online marketplace for services and ideas."

In September, many top internet services such as Netflix, Reddit and Twitter signed up for net neutrality protest with 'internet slowdown day'.

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