Washington – FCC Chairman Proposes Utility-Like Regulation For Internet

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    FILE - In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler speaks during new conference in Washington. Internet service providers, including those selling wireless connections, would be prohibited from slowing down or speeding up web traffic, under rules proposed Wednesday by a top U.S. regulator that would subject the broadband industry to unprecedented regulation. In an op-ed to Wired magazine posted online, Wheeler said his plan would regulate Internet service much like phone service or any other public utility by applying Title II of the 1934 Communications Act.  ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)Washington – A top government regulator says Internet service providers — including those selling wireless broadband — should be regulated more heavily to prohibit them from slowing down or speeding up web traffic.

    In an op-ed to Wired magazine posted online Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said his plan would regulate Internet service similar to phone service, by applying a section of the 1934 Communications Act. He wrote that using enforceable, defined rules will prevent broadband providers from blocking or throttling content.

    The FCC will vote Feb. 26 on his proposal.

    Net neutrality is the idea that Internet providers should not move some content faster than others or enter into paid agreements with companies such as Netflix to prioritize their data.

    Broadband providers have questioned the fairness of this approach.‎

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