Wheeler Intends To Protect Open Internet Access Using Title II

BY Heather Greenfield
February 4, 2015

Washington – FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler confirmed in an article in Wired today that he will ask the FCC to classify broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act. The change would allow the FCC to prohibit Internet access providers from engaging in commercial discrimination and acting as gatekeepers of content for their Internet access customers.

The Computer & Communications Industry Association officially asked the FCC last summer to rely on Title II to classify Internet access as a telecommunications service.  A year ago, we were the first industry organization to advocate this approach.  The following can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“For businesses and startups, Chairman Wheeler’s plan to protect the Open Internet as a telecommunications service will help ensure the Internet remains a place for permission-less innovation. Wheeler chose the best legal path to protect consumers’ and business’ Internet access, but it no doubt was not an easy one given the enormous political pressure from large Internet access providers not to face even light regulations. We appreciate that Wheeler stood up to this political pressure and we look forward to seeing the details.”

Related Articles

CCIA, INCOMPAS File FCC Comments On 12GHz for 5G

Jul 7, 2021

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association and INCOMPAS filed FCC comments today highlighting data that shows opening this mid-band spectrum would accelerate mobile market competition, bolster the economy and strengthen America’s 5G edge. CCIA has advocated for high speed, affordable internet access for more than 25 years. The following can be attributed to…

CCIA Submits Filing To FCC On Rural Broadband Funds, Auction

Jun 16, 2021

Washington — Washington — The Computer and Communications Industry Association submitted comments to the FCC asking it examine the results of its Phase I Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) auction to ensure that these funds, which are supposed to provide funding for areas currently unserved by broadband, are allocated for only eligible locations. The limited…

CCIA Applauds FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on 12GHz Band of Spectrum

Dec 30, 2020

Washington– FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has circulated an NPRM to the Commission to consider the best use of the 12GHz band of spectrum.  CCIA has supported such an NPRM to leverage this band of spectrum for fifth generation (“5G”) wireless broadband purposes.  The following statement can be attributed to CCIA President Matt Schruers: “CCIA applauds…