The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has voted to approve strong net neutrality rules today.
Democratic Commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel, Mignon Clyburn and Chairman Tom Wheeler approved a rule that reclassifies consumer broadband as a utility under Title II of the Communications Act.
The FCC intends to use the new power to prevent ISP’s from taking payment from companies to allow their content to pass through their network at a faster rate than those that don’t pay or even throttling the connections of those now willing or able to cough up money for a better experience.
Prior to the vote, Wheeler said “The Internet is simply too important to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules,” while Clyburn stated “absent the rules we adopt today,” ISPs would be “free to block, throttle, favor or discriminate … for any user, for any reason, or for no reason at all.”
Mobile phone company, Verizon is unlikely to be happy with the decision as they were among the first to want to control traffic on their network in exchange for funds. The FCC is likely to see Verizon once again take them to the courts to fight today’s decision.
For today though, the FCC’s decision is the best for users of the Internet in the USA wanting to use the whole Internet uninterrupted by throttling tactics.