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FCC chairman threatens open Internet

FCC and Net Neutrality

It is possible that in the very near future Internet providers, including mobile broadband, will be regulated much like a public utility. The chairman of the FCC is currently proposing a rule sets regulate ISPs in just this way. This is one of the most divisive plans that the FCC has offered up in years.

Tom Wheeler, the current FCC chairman, claims that his ISP regulation plan would work much like the phone service plans have in the past under title II of the 1934 Communications Act. Is important note the public utilities are currently regulated under this act and everything seems to be fine there.

The purpose behind this regulation is to prohibit Internet service providers from offering preferential speed for additional payment. This is to make sure larger businesses cannot muscle out smaller businesses by grabbing up all the bandwidth. In the proposal Mr. Wheeler assures that it is the rights of Internet users that are paramount in the passing of this regulation area user should go where they want to go at the speeds that are currently available to everyone. No one should have to ask permission or pay an additional fee to travel the same Internet.

The idea that ISPs should not provide a fast Lane for certain content is the essence of net neutrality. Advocates of this idea claim that the approach will keep the Internet as free and open as was originally intended, ensuring that everyone will have the same availability to any content they wish and no access would be restricted.

Adam Green, in response to Tom Wheeler's proposal, claims that the idea of reclassifying the Internet as a utility is popular with voters of all political stripes who don't want corporations writing the rules.

It is no surprise big businesses fighting against this approach to the nail, claiming that it is only a matter of time before the government includes additional rules and restrictions that would restrict investment and growth.

Cable companies that supply the lion’s share of broadband in the United States say they will likely sue in court on the grounds that the FCC is overstepped its authority.