Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced plans to protect net neutrality by reclassifying Internet service providers as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. The proposal is the result of 10 years of debates, public input, and Wheeler’s personal experience with the success of open access.
Wheeler explains, in a statement to Wired, his plans for the FCC to use Title II authority to apply and enforce open Internet protections, which he calls the strongest protections ever proposed by the FCC.
“These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services,” writes Wheeler.
The proposal will ensure that companies do not include rate regulations, tariffs, or last-mile unbundling in their data offerings to subscribers.
He also clarifies that these rules will apply to mobile broadband. The FCC has never before addressed the issue of wireless networks. This new proposal aims to make huge changes for both wired and mobile Internet use. Something Wheeler says is a right for consumers and innovators alike.
The FCC will vote on the proposal on Feb. 26. It is widely assumed that telecommunications corporations will fight the FCC and that Congress may attempt to undermine the department’s authority before regulations are put in place.
Via The Verge