FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is in damage-control mode today after word leaked that potential new “net neutrality” rules are anything but neutral.
The proposal would formalize pay-for-play arrangements in which streaming video companies and other types of Web services pay Internet service providers for a faster path to consumers over the “last mile” of the network.
A statement issued by Wheeler responded to what he called “reports that the FCC is gutting the Open Internet rule.” The chairman says that idea is “flat out wrong. [Today], we will circulate to the Commission a new Open Internet proposal that will restore the concepts of net neutrality consistent with the court’s ruling in January. There is no ‘turnaround in policy.’ The same rules will apply to all Internet content. As with the original Open Internet rules, and consistent with the court’s decision, behavior that harms consumers or competition will not be permitted.”
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