Big Win for Net Neutrality Advocates

Posted by on February 4, 2015 in Government, Internet Control with 0 Comments
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FCC Chief Announces Big Win For Net Neutrality Advocates

WASHINGTON — Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler revealed a big win for net neutrality advocates on Wednesday, asking for strong authority to enforce open Internet protections.

In a Wired op-ed, Wheeler said he is proposing the FCC use its authority under Title II of the Communications Act to protect consumer broadband Internet. This move will allow the FCC to stop Internet service providers from charging content providers like Netflix more money for reliable Internet access.

“Using this authority, I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC,” he wrote.

Wheeler said that his “enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.” The FCC's plan includes equal rules for mobile and fixed networks and will be voted on by agency commissioners later this month.

Until recently, this plan was a pipe dream for net neutrality advocates. But President Barack Obama came out in support of Title II reclassification and bright-line rules in November, and Wheeler, who had reportedly been considering alternative approaches, appears to now be on board.

“I've gotten messages from people in the start-up community where they're pinching themselves to make sure it's real, they're really pumped,” said Marvin Ammori, a lawyer who advises major tech companies and supports net neutrality.

The announcement signals a major blow to telecom and cable companies who have been fighting Title II…

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