Yesterday, in a 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed the 2015 Open Internet Order, a move that reclassifies the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act, treating Internet service providers as carriers and regulating services as public utilities. The order will apply regulatory control over how providers manage traffic and how they charge for it. According to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, the new policy will “ban blocking, ban throttling, and ban paid-prioritization fast lanes,” and for the first time the open Internet rules will be “fully applicable to mobile.” The vote was both applauded as preserving the open Internet as a place for free expression and innovation and opposed as regulatory overreach that is interfering with commerce.
We will provide access to the full text of the official action when it becomes available.
Read the FCC’s news release.
Read the Summary of FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai’s Oral Dissent on the decision.
Read the Fact Sheet circulated by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on February 4, 2015 outlining key details of the proposed order (PDF).
Learn more about the Net Neutrality debate from the Congressional Research Service Report Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate, February 5, 2015.
Research institutions officially weighed in on the debate last summer with a set of “Net Neutrality Principles” published on the Association of Research Libraries website.