FCC's Wheeler vows to 'fight' after net neutrality rules struck down [telecom]

By Phil Goldstein, FierceWireless, January 17, 2014

| FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler vowed to press on this week to ensure that | the Internet remains free and open following a federal appeals | court decision that struck down key sections of the commission's | net neutrality rules. What remains unclear now though is how | exactly Wheeler and other commissioners at the FCC will fight back, | and what legal authority they will use. | | "I intend to fight," Wheeler said Thursday during a speech in | Washington, D.C., according to Bloomberg. | | "The court invited the commission to act, and I intend to accept | that invitation," he said, according to a C-SPAN transcript of his | remarks quoted by The Verge. "Using our authority, we will | readdress the concepts in the Open Internet Order as the court | invited to encourage growth and innovation and enforce against | abuse." | | Wheeler said many Internet service providers have said they will | continue to honor the FCC's Open Internet Order's concepts even | though the court ruled against key sections of the order. "That's | the right and responsible thing to do, and we take them up on their | commitment," he said. "At the same time, we accept the court's | invitation to revisit the structure of the rules that it vacated."


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