Wheeler: Net Neutrality Proposal Needs More Work

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler signaled Monday he would treat the President's call for Title II reclassification of Internet access as an "important" and "welcome" addition to the record — which contains millions of comments — and that the FCC still had some work to do to come up with new network neutrality rules.

"Ten years have passed since the Commission started down the road towards enforceable Open Internet rules," he said in a statement. "We must take the time to get the job done correctly, once and for all, in order to successfully protect consumers and innovators online."

Wheeler has been seeking comment on what authority to use to restore Open Internet rules thrown out by the court. His initial proposal did not include Title II, but is considering a hybrid approach that could use both Title II common carrier regs and Sec. 706 authority to promote broadband deployment.

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.