Access cheers FCC move toward Net Neutrality

Today U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed that the agency will move to pass strong Net Neutrality protections later this month. Any action by Congress to roll back FCC authority or threaten common carrier status for broadband providers will meet thunderous opposition, by U.S. users as well as international communities.

Chairman Wheeler’s statement signals that the FCC could soon put its full enforcement power to work to protect the open internet for close to 300 million users—and countering the threats that blocking, “fast lanes,” and throttling of content and services pose to human rights like free expression and privacy online. In Chairman Wheeler’s own words, “These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services."

 

Country: Global

Domains: IG

Stakeholder: Civil Society

Tags: open Internet, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), net neutrality

Posted on Wednesday 4 February 2015

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