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Agency backs fees for priority traffic

September 07, 2007|From Times Wire Services

The Justice Department said Internet service providers should be allowed to charge a fee for priority Web traffic.

The agency told the Federal Communications Commission, which is reviewing high-speed Internet practices, that it was opposed to "Net neutrality," the principle that all Internet sites should be equally accessible to any Web user.

The Justice Department said imposing a Net neutrality regulation could hamper development of the Internet and prevent service providers from upgrading or expanding their networks. It could also shift the "entire burden of implementing costly network expansions and improvements onto consumers," the agency said in its filing.

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