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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler proposes treating the Internet as a Title II utility.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality

I am proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections.

Using this authority, I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet 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. I propose to fully apply—for the first time ever—those bright-line rules to mobile broadband. My proposal assures the rights of internet users to go where they want, when they want, and the rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone’s permission. […]

Congress wisely gave the FCC the power to update its rules to keep pace with innovation. Under that authority my proposal includes a general conduct rule that can be used to stop new and novel threats to the internet. This means the action we take will be strong enough and flexible enough not only to deal with the realities of today, but also to establish ground rules for the as yet unimagined.

The internet must be fast, fair and open. That is the message I’ve heard from consumers and innovators across this nation. That is the principle that has enabled the internet to become an unprecedented platform for innovation and human expression. And that is the lesson I learned heading a tech startup at the dawn of the internet age. The proposal I present to the commission will ensure the internet remains open, now and in the future, for all Americans.

— Tom Wheeler, Wired

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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

2 Comments

  1. Susan Chandler

    Given Tom Wheeler’s background and how it came him to come ’round, I’m a little concerned with these two sentences: “Under that authority my proposal includes a general conduct rule that can be used to stop new and novel threats to the internet. This means the action we take will be strong enough and flexible enough not only to deal with the realities of today, but also to establish ground rules for the as yet unimagined.” I don’t think we can take it for granted that he’s gone full circle; he may have only made it part of the way.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      That may be a possibility.

      And there will be a round of lawsuits from the telecom companies before this is finished.

      The Electronic Frontier Foundation and other groups will help Internet users watch and take action as necessary.

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