FCC Examining Reasons for Internet Traffic Jams

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -

The Federal Communications Commission is setting out to unravel the mystery behind the internet traffic jams bogging down the delivery of online content.

The inquiry, announced Friday by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, will dissect the routes that data travels to reach internet-service providers such as Comcast and Verizon.

This crucial handoff of content has gained more attention in recent months, as companies have accused the two internet-service providers of deliberately slowing incoming traffic from websites unwilling to pay for a less-congested entry point.

The FCC’s previous guidelines for so-called net neutrality were scrapped by a federal appeals court in January, requiring Wheeler to draw up new rules. Wheeler’s initial blueprint for net neutrality raised fears that he was going to empower internet-service providers to charge for toll roads, a fear that Wheeler has sought to quell in his public statements.