FCC’s Wheeler Warms Up to Obama’s Wishes on Net Neutrality

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission hinted on Wednesday that forthcoming rules will reclassify broadband Internet service as a public utility

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler.

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Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, hinted on Wednesday that forthcoming rules will reclassify broadband Internet service as a public utility. The FCC’s approach to this issue has been the subject of much speculation and hand-wringing among tech policy circles in the past year, with the primary question being whether Wheeler would reclassify broadband service under Title II of the Communications Act. While he didn’t explicitly say this would be his approach, Wheeler’s comments at the Consumer Electronics Show are the strongest indication yet that he will do so.

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