FCC Adopts “Approved Software” Model

The FCC has released a policy document with the following listed as one of its principles on Internet regulation:

To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are entitled to run applications and use services of their choice, subject to the needs of law enforcement.

The last seven words are the Devil’s details. Rewording this makes things a bit more clear:

To encourage broadband deployment and preserve and promote the open and interconnected nature of the public Internet, consumers are not entitled to run applications or use services of their choice unless allowed by law enforcement.

There, now we can all feel better, right?