FCC Chairman Wheeler's Pending Net Neutrality Plan Expected To Propose Title II Regulation
February 3, 2015 at 5:15 AM (PT)
FCC Chairman TOM WHEELER's proposal to regulate Internet access as a public utility is expected to be submitted to his fellow commissioners by THURSDAY (2/5), reports the NEW YORK TIMES.
The long-awaited proposal, which would reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service like telephones, will be up for a vote before the full Commission on FEBRUARY 26th.
The move by WHEELER is in line with President OBAMA's comments in NOVEMBER calling for using Title II regulation to enforce net neutrality. Internet service providers have objected to the move, saying that the regulation would stifle innovation on the technical end and harm their investment in fiber networks and infrastructure, but content providers have been pushing for rules to ensure equal access and treatment for all programmers and no favoritism towards content companies co-owned with the ISPs or those that pay extra for "fast-lane" access.