FCC Chairman Wheeler Talks Net Neutrality, Indicates Some Title II Regulation In Store
January 7, 2015 at 4:16 PM (PT)
At the LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER on WEDNESDAY, the annual INTERNATIONAL CES talk between the CEA's GARY SHAPIRO and the FCC Chairman centered this year on Net Neutrality, and current Chairman TOM WHEELER gave an indication that he plans to push for ISPs to be reclassified as Title II carriers to some extent, although he was unclear as to whether there will be a hybrid, partial Title II approach taken.
"There is a way to do Title II right," WHEELER said, citing its application to wireless carriers ("Under that (treatment), for the last 20 years, the wireless industry has been monumentally successful"). "The 'Internet of Things' ... demand(s) open networks." However, he also indicated that "there are instances where priority (Internet traffic prioritization) makes a whole heck of a lot of sense." WHEELER added, "We’re going to propose rules that say that no blocking, no throttling, paid prioritization, all that list of issues, and that there is a yardstick against which behavior should be measured. And that yardstick is ‘just and reasonable.'"
He said the plan will be circulated to the Commissioners on FEBRUARY 5th and a vote on his proposal will be taken on FEBRUARY 26th. "You have to wait until FEBRUARY to see the specifics," WHEELER advised.
WHEELER also said the Commission would be urging television broadcasters to take advantage of the "once in a lifetime opportunity" to give back spectrum for auctioning to wireless broadband carriers.