FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is a little closer to supporting an open internet by regulating broadband internet as a telecommunications utility.
The internet is currently classified as an information service.
At the International CES tradeshow Wheeler spoke favorably of Title II regulation of telecommunications. Wheeler said he is not at odds with President Obama, who says the internet should be reclassified as a telecommunications utility and regulated as such.
This differs from the FCC’s failed previous proposal, which left room for internet “fast lanes” that could prioritize select traffic. The FCC opened their proposal to public comments and received around 1.1 million of them.
Wheeler didn’t give any specific details on his proposition, but said he will “circulate” the proposal to commissioners on February 5th. The FCC will vote on the proposal on February 26th.
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