Internet advocacy won. From Reddit, Tumblr, Netflix, Google and many, many others. Today, Tom Wheeler and the FCC brought forward a plan to reclassify ISPs (Internet Service Providers) under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. Essentially, making it a public utility.
This is a solid victory for net neutrality, and begins to draw borders with ISPs such as Verizon, Comcast, and Time Warner, who have been attempting to privatize and add privilege to sections of the Internet, even going as far to bringing it into the court of law.
As Tom Wheeler put it: “I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC,” Wheeler wrote. “These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.”
Even more interesting is the decision to lump wireless networks with wired broadband, so that the tether can be just as strong. Meanwhile, ISPs are mobilizing and beginning legal strategy.
Round two, begins.