FCC Launches Contest for Apps to Support Open Internet

The Federal Communications Commission launched a program last week challenging the public to create an application that will verify internet service providers do not violate the FCC’s  recent Open Internet Order.  The apps must determine if ISPs are interfering with DNS, Application Packets, or other protocols.

Three awards will be given out:  one for the best app, a second entitled the “People’s Choice” award (determined by which application receives the most votes) and third the Research Award awarded to the best research paper submitted.

“This challenge is about using the open Internet to protect the open Internet,” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. “Our goal is to foster user-developed applications that shine light on any practice that might be inconsistent with the free and open Internet. Empowering consumers with information about their own connections will promote a vibrant, innovative, world-leading broadband ecosystem.”

The challenge deadline is June 1st with winners announced on August 8th. More information can be found at http://challenge.gov/FCC/114-fcc-open-internet-apps-challenge