FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler speaking to the cable industry in April 2014.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler repeatedly said today that his network neutrality proposal doesn’t authorize Internet fast lanes.
“This proposal does not provide or mandate paid prioritization,” he said to reporters after the FCC’s vote. “There is nothing in this proposal that authorizes a fast lane. We ask questions but don’t jump to conclusions.”So has everyone who called this a “fast lane” proposal gotten the story wrong? Not exactly.
As Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said during today’s meeting, there are no rules at all against Internet service providers blocking traffic or prioritizing some content over others. That’s because a federal appeals court this year overturned the FCC’s previous net neutrality order, issued in 2010.
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