FCC Chairman and former Telecom lobbyist Tom Wheeler announced today that upcoming open Internet rules will put an end to Big Telecom's Internet slow lane plan. Let's hope he means it – we'll be watching closely
Article by Lucas Shaw and Todd Shields for Bloomberg
The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal for open-Internet rules will align with a blueprint President Barack Obama offered last month for strong regulation to guarantee Web traffic is treated equally, the head of the agency said.
“We’re both pulling in the same direction,” FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said Wednesday at theConsumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. “We’re going to propose rules that say no blocking, no throttling, no paid prioritization.”
Obama in November called for “the strongest possible rules” to regulate Internet service, including a ban on so-called fast lanes. Wheeler’s proposal will be formally submitted by Feb. 5, in time for the FCC to vote on the plan at its Feb. 26 meeting in Washington.
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