Originally, I believed that the FCC could assure internet openness through a determination of “commercial reasonableness” under Section 706 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. While a recent court decision seemed to draw a roadmap for using this approach, I became concerned that this relatively new concept might, down the road, be interpreted to mean what is reasonable for commercial interests, not consumers.
That is why I am proposing that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections.
Using this authority, I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC. These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. I propose to fully apply – for the first time ever – those bright-line rules to mobile broadband. My proposal assures the rights of internet users to go where they want, when they want, and the rights of innovators to introduce new products without asking anyone’s permission.
Great news for Americans.
While it is a big step in acknowledging reality, I wouldn’t be all optimistic about it: be internet proclaimed basic utility, it would become more open to all sorts of regulations to protect laymen, which automatically becomes more important in the view of lawmakers one internet is considered essential. I wouldn’t be too amazed if this would facilitate installation of the anti-piracy, anti-porn and similar legal frameworks that may and up more screwing internet users then protecting them, just like the way it happened to several other basic utilities.
I hope future proves me wrong.