This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality

by Rachel Baker on February 4, 2015

Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, has announced a new proposal that will, seemingly, accomplish exactly what the people want – fast, free and open internet!

Mr. Wheeler announced this proposal over at this morning. Use this article as a stepping stone continue your education on the topic – Here is a search result page for places you can read commentary about the proposal.

I’m don’t know if anything should be read from the fact this proposal was posted at on a day when the rest of the country is contemplating the “correct” response to a prisoner being burned to death on video, but I think its interesting…because turning the internet into a public utility is sort of a big thing.

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

That is why 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.

All of this can be accomplished while encouraging investment in broadband networks. To preserve incentives for broadband operators to invest in their networks, my proposal will modernize Title II, tailoring it for the 21st century, in order to provide returns necessary to construct competitive networks. For example, there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, no last-mile unbundling. Over the last 21 years, the wireless industry has invested almost $300 billion under similar rules, proving that modernized Title II regulation can encourage investment and competition.

Congress wisely gave the FCC the power to update its rules to keep pace with innovation.

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