Wired.com landed one heck of a guest opinion today, and journalists need to understand what the opinion means.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote that “the time to settle the Net Neutrality question has arrived.” He went on to outline what he will recommend to his fellow commissioners when they meet later this month.
Wheeler’s main points:
- The commission has to step in and stop broadband network operators (mostly cable companies) from allowing big data users to have a fast-lane to deliver their data.
- The FCC should consider the Internet as a utility and, as Wheeler writes, “use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections.”
- The rules that apply to wired networks’ data delivery should apply to mobile too. No blocking or prioritizing data delivery there either.