Despite challenges from some elected leaders in Congress, Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler says that his new Net Neutrality plan will ban paid prioritization of content and maintain an open Internet for all.
His new draft rules will reclassify Internet service providers (ISPs) as common carriers. The regulations apply to both wired and wireless providers.
The five-member FCC was scheduled to vote on Wheeler’s plan on Thursday, Feb. 26.
“These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services,” Wheeler wrote in Wired magazine. “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.”