Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) previewed its proposed rules aimed at ensuring net neutrality and an open Internet. While the final Open Internet rules will not be finalized until the end of the month, the proposal previewed by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler would reclassify broadband services under Title II and provide clear legal authority for the FCC to protect the open Internet. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), a leading advocate for strong Open Internet rules, issued the following statement:
“The open Internet that has served as a true equalizer was strengthened today with the FCC’s proposed rules. By clearly banning discrimination, whether through paid prioritization, throttling, or blocking, the FCC has protected the foundation of the democratic Internet. This is a historic day for everyone who enjoys the benefits of a fair and open Internet,” said Nuala O’Connor, CDT President & CEO.
“The FCC’s Title II approach provides stable and enforceable legal authority for rules necessary to preserving an open Internet. Details on how the FCC will protect the interests of consumers, including privacy, are still necessary. However, the proposed rules show that the Commission clearly listened to the American people and delivered very strong and meaningful open Internet protections,” O’Connor added.