FCC Chairman to Submit Proposal for an Open Internet


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.


Nina Ulloa covers breaking news, tech, and more. Follow her on Twitter: @nine_u

Image: “Internet Open” shot by Blaise Alleyne under Creative Commons Attribution Sharealike 2.0 Generic (CC by 2.0).

2 Responses

  1. Musicservices4less

    As I have said previously in my comments on DMN, this is THE attempted move to end rampant digital music piracy. This is very good for music owners and all who work in the music industries. If this passes, just as there is no free electricity, heat, water, and other utilities. However there will be more involvement of overall rate setting. This trade off will slowly bring down piracy to the level it has always existed in the music industry. Combined with the latest North Korean incident, the access of foreign hackers, pirate sites, etc. will be controlled not only at the FCC level but at homeland/FBI/military level in the name of national security.
    A new generation of music consumers will start to be accostumed to paying for and realizing that music is NOT free unless the individual authors want their music to be. And as we see in all technology developments, this will happen faster than most realize or predict. Also, Google is very aware of its vulneralbilty to charges of being a monopoly and may be forced to split up its operations. That will be the battle of the century similar in size and scope to the beginning of the oil industry.

    • Anonymous

      im not so sure i want the biggest piracy nation around, the good ol u s of a, to be leading anything really! they just havent proven themselves on the world stage to be responsible enough to do much of anything. they are trying to clamp down on only what affects them and instead leave open their abilities to continue being massive thieves. Im starting to wonder if any of them can do anything themselves of if they only exist on stealing. They do not want to lock the thing up except for where it hurts them, they play like that, and some of their big corps are such filthy criminals it isnt even funny.


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