FCC Chairman supports net neutrality for wired and mobile networks 2/4/15

By Chris Johnson

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is saying the right things about net neutrality:

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 broadband1. 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.

We’re a long way from this proposal actually becoming policy, but this is an encouraging sign after years of disappointments from the FCC.

  1. I’m surprised Wheeler is throwing his weight behind mobile net neutrality as well, but with investment in wired networks declining, it’s a forward thinking move.