FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed today that proposed rules to replace the net neutrality regulations struck down by a court decision are on track for an FCC vote on May 15.
Wheeler didn’t detail exactly what those rules would be, but The Wall Street Journal says it has a source who knows.”The Federal Communications Commission plans to propose new open Internet rules on Thursday that would allow content companies to pay Internet service providers for special access to consumers, according to a person familiar with the proposal,” the Journal reported.
This would be the opposite of the FCC’s original intent with the 2010 Open Internet Order passed under Wheeler’s predecessor, Julius Genachowski. The order forbid Internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against services or charging content providers for preferential treatment. Verizon challenged those rules and won, with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruling that the commission improperly imposed “common carrier” obligations on ISPs without first declaring them to be common carriers.
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