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The FCC chairman, Tom Wheeler, issued a statement today providing details of a path forward for the commission's Open Internet rules for Internet service providers, guidelines that were struck down last month in the Verizon v. FCC decision. Wheeler's statement said that the commission would try to reinstate the goals of:

    No blocking. ISPs can't block Internet traffic for competitive reasons.
    Nondiscrimination. All traffic must get equal treatment.
    Enforcing the transparency policy. ISPs must be disclose how they handle Internet traffic (a federal court had upheld that policy).

In his statement, Wheeler said that the FCC believed that last month's court decision invited the commission to act under section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. Section 706 essentially gives the FCC the authority to ensure that advanced telecommunications capability

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World War III... Sounds like he should be imprisoned. Threatening to kill people isn't legal...

 

In reality, Congress needs to act here and enshrine the issues into law. The problem with allowing the FCC to assume this power will be their marriage to industry. I feel a "win" now would lead to a major loss in the future...

 

Not a surprise why this route is being taken with a former telecom exec at the helm. The goal is to give the illusion of victory while securing the reigns by which they operate...

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