FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hinted broadly Wednesday that a new net neutrality proposal he plans to release in the next few weeks will rely on re-regulating Internet lines under old rules written for phone networks.
“The issue here is how do we make sure consumers and innovators have open access to networks,” Wheeler said during a Q&A at International CES. He plans to circulate the proposal among other FCC commissioners on February 5, with a vote on the plan later in the month.
Wheeler’s remarks weren’t that surprising. Re/code (and others) reported previously that he had been planning to suggest re-regulating Internet lines under Title II of the Communications Act, which would give the agency clearer authority to act as an Internet traffic cop. That expectation grew after President Obama not-too-subtly suggested he take that route in November.
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