Cable Show: FCC Chairman Says “All Options” Are Open For Net Neutrality

Tom Wheeler had a bracing message for attendees of the National Cable Show being held this week in LA: When it comes to his new rules for Net Neutrality — which consumer groups complained would allow the creation of a for-pay Internet fast lane — cable companies should “put away the party hats.” His open Internet rules designed to comply with court rulings that remanded the FCC’s previous ones “will be tough, will be enforceable, and will be in effect with dispatch.” What’s more, “all options on the table.” If Internet providers still tip the scales to favor certain services, then he would consider reclassifying the Web to make it a regulated common carrier service instead of largely unregulated information service. “I know in my bones how hard it is to start a company with innovative ideas. Now, as Chairman of the FCC, I do not intend to allow innovation to be strangled by the manipulation of the most important network of our time, the Internet.” He adds that cable companies should back off from their efforts to persuade states to bar municipalities from creating competitive broadband systems. The FCC “has the power — and I intend to exercise that power — to preempt state laws that ban competition from community broadband.”

If you have any interest in the subject, then you should check out the entire speech. Here it is: (more…)

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