FCC Cheif Thinks Regulation Of Internet Service Providers Should Happen

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FCC Cheif (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said he will propose using utility-style rules to ensure Internet service providers don’t interfere with subscribers’ Web traffic.

Wheeler, in an article published Wednesday on Wired.com, also said he would apply “bright-line rules” to mobile services for the first time.

“There will be no rate regulation,” Wheeler said. He said “modernized” rules can encourage investment and competition.

The agency is seeking to settle a decade of debate about whether the Internet is to be a highway offered to all on equal terms, or whether broadband providers can levy fees and restrict access. Wheeler is to present his recommendations to the four other commissioners of the FCC on Feb. 5, and plan a vote on Feb. 26.

President Barack Obama in November called on the FCC “to implement the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality.”

Source Bloomberg


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