Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a win for net neutrality advocates on Wednesday, asking for strong authority to enforce open Internet protections and protect consumer broadband Internet, the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC. According to The Huffington Post, “this move will allow the FCC to stop Internet service providers (ISPs) from charging content providers like Netflix more money for reliable Internet access.” Wheeler added, "Broadband network operators have an understandable motivation to manage their network to maximize their business interests. But their actions may not always be optimal for network users." Wheeler will distribute his proposal to other commissioners on Thursday with a vote scheduled for Feb. 26.
USA Today reported, “That Wheeler wants to apply the "Title II" authority for new net neutrality rules — named after the Title II of the Communications Act of 1934 — to regulate ISPs like public utilities has been widely anticipated by industry watchers in recent weeks.” President Obama spoke out in favor of the “Title II” last year, which was applauded by Amazon, Facebook, Google and Netflix, goading the FCC into ensuring a free and open Internet. Now Wheeler will aim to “modernize it” and “tailor [Title II] to the 21st century.” “It is expected that the proposal will reclassify high-speed Internet service as a telecommunications service, instead of an information service,” adds The New York Times. Title II would give the FCC the power to put an embargo on "pay-to-play fast lanes" and ensure that no content is blocked.