Vote ensures internet remains open, equally accessible through net neutrality policy
In a momentous decision for the future of the open internet, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on February 26 approved net neutrality regulations to oversee online traffic and ensure internet service providers treat all legally-flowing content equally.
The 3-2 party-line vote prevents service providers from, for instance, charging websites for faster data speeds to customers. The vote regulates internet service providers in the same manner as public utilities, with a stricter set of regulations to make sure all customers receive equal service.
“There are three simple keys to our broadband future,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a statement. “Broadband networks must be fast. Broadband networks must be fair. Broadband networks must be open.”
“We are here so that teachers don’t have to give a second thought about assigning homework that can only be researched online because they are sure their students are free to access any lawful website, and that such websites won’t load at dial-up speed,” said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.