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- Dec 30, 2010
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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was recently speaking at a Q&A with Consumer Electronics Association president and CEO Gary Shapiro during the 2015 CES convention on Jan. 7. He made some surprising comments regarding the future of the "Open Internet," hinting that a limited use of Title II is very likely coming soon.
Here's a quote with more of the details,
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler outlined his approach for establishing new rules for the “Open Internet” by suggesting he would use Title II, but in a relatively limited way, to ensure there would be “no blocking, no throttling and no paid prioritization.”
Wheeler made the comments at an annual Q&A with Consumer Electronics Association president and CEO Gary Shapiro during the 2015 CES convention on Jan. 7.
Wheeler also said that the FCC expects to send the proposed rules to FCC commissioners Feb. 5 and that the Commission will vote on them on Feb. 12. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said Wednesday she was looking forward to seeing the chairman's proposal.
Shapiro pressed Wheeler in a congenial, often humorous fashion during the 50-minute Q&A for details on the plan, but the FCC chairman stuck to broader policy issues and the philosophy behind his approach saying, “You’ll have to wait until February for the details.”
On top of this, Wheeler shared that he was actually working on Title II classification of the Internet before the President publicly pushed in that direction. He clarified that the primary purpose of this initiative was “was to ensure that innovators and consumers have open access to networks" so that there is “sufficient incentive for ISPs to build better networks.”
Wheeler further added, “this is why the whole open internet is so damn important because you have to have access to pathways.”
[Editorial comment: Finally, someone in a position of authority is thinking with a level head and logical reasoning while looking at the big picture.]
Source: CES Wheeler Signals Title II Is Likely Broadcasting Cable