Net Neutrality Wins

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (center) joined the majority in a ruling that aims to ensure "free, fast and open" Internet access. Credit: Wired

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler (center) joined the majority in a ruling that aims to ensure "free, fast and open" Internet access. Credit: Wired

Good morning. It's Friday, February 27th.

Here's what you should know today:

The FCC voted 3-2 to reclassify the Internet as a utility, meaning Internet Service Providers can no longer speed up or slow down access for profit. 


Good morning friends and readers. Happy Friday! In a huge win for net neutrality, the FCC voted for “a free, fast and open Internet” yesterday. Here’s what you should know.

The concept of “net neutrality” first rose to national attention last February when Netflix confirmed that they were paying Comcast a premium for access to an “Internet fast lane.” In short, Internet service providers (ISPs) were charging some customers more for higher speeds.

Net neutrality calls for equal Internet access and speeds for everyone, large companies (i.e. Netflix) and individual people alike. Last May, the FCC agreed to hear a case to prevent ISPs like Comcast, AT&T or Verizon from speeding up or slowing down Internet access for profit.

Yesterday’s 3-2 vote reclassifies the Internet as a Title II utility, much like water, electricity and phone lines. That means all content on the Internet must be allowed to flow freely to everyone. No more “fast lanes,” and no more throttling speeds.

“The internet is simply too  important to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules.”
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

In his statement on the ruling, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the decision is "no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech." He added that the Internet "is simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field." 

AT&T has already said they plan to challenge the ruling. But for now, net neutrality has won.

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