The nuclear option: The FCC's proposed Internet rules are going big

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It’s the nuclear option.

The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to vote on rules that would dramatically change how the Internet is regulated, a move that would adopt regulation championed by advocates of net neutrality and opposed by Internet service providers.

Today, I’m proposing rules to keep the Internet fair, fast and open and grounded in #TitleII authority.

— Tom Wheeler (@TomWheelerFCC) February 4, 2015

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced the proposal on Wednesday in an editorial posted on Wired.com:

That is why I am proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections.

Using this authority, I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC. These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. I propose to fully apply—for the first time ever—those bright-line rules to mobile broadband. My proposal assures the rights of internet users to go where they want, when they want, and the rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone’s permission. Read more…

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