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Last Update on April 25, 2014 07:10 GMT

IN THE NEWS: FCC SETS UP PRIORITY LANES FOR SOME INTERNET SERVICES

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- It could be the electronic equivalent for those new highway lanes in some big cities that let some drivers zip along on less congested roads -- for a fee. That's the direction the Federal Communications Commission is heading when it comes to net neutrality. The agency wants to allow for a paid "fast lane" for movies, music and other high-bandwidth uses on the Internet. A federal appeals court had struck down earlier net neutrality rules -- which kept Internet access providers from discriminating against traffic that might compete against their own products and services. Under the new plan, Internet access providers could charge companies like Netflix to make sure their products arrive at customers' devices without being bottlenecked by other Internet traffic. Those fees could be absorbed by the companies -- or passed along to users. The FCC insists the new rules don't represent a departure from its past policy.

IN THE NEWS: AMAZON LAUNCHING GROCERY SERVICE

NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon is adding another feature to its Prime membership program: groceries. Members can now fill a box with groceries weighing up to 45 pounds -- and have it shipped to them for $5.99. The service is called Prime Pantry -- and features a wider selection of items you can get in a grocery store, as well as bulk items you might buy online or at a warehouse store. As you shop, the Prime Pantry site shows you how much space each item takes up in the grocery box -- and how much room is left. The items are shipped within one to four business days. Recently, Amazon added a video streaming service to the mix, even as it increased its annual membership price to $99 from $79.

 
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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times

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