From our friends at Democracy Now!
The Federal Communications Commission has voted in favor of historic rules to preserve a free and open Internet. After a record four million public comments, the FCC approved rules to prevent corporate Internet service providers from blocking access to websites, slowing down content or providing paid fast lanes for Internet service. This is FCC Chair Tom Wheeler.
Tom Wheeler: “This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech. They both stand for the same concept: openness, expression and an absence of gatekeepers telling people what they can do, where they can go and what they can think. The action that we take today is about the protection of Internet openness.”
Advocates of a free and open Internet are celebrating a vote Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission to approve strong net neutrality rules. The move bans “paid prioritization” by Internet service providers who seek to charge extra fees from content producers, as well as blocking and throttling of lawful content. The new rules will also apply to mobile access. The vote is seen as a major victory for grassroots advocacy groups — including Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, Free Press, Color of Change and Center for Media Justice — who have spent years campaigning to preserve an open Internet. We speak to longtime open Internet advocate Tim Wu. He is a policy advocate and Columbia University law professor who is known for coining the term “net neutrality” back in 2002.
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