Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced this week that he will seek to have the Internet regulated under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.
Whitney Kimball Coe, a program associate for the Center for Rural Strategies, said regulation should help ensure that the Internet remains a level playing field.
“The ability to maintain and to have access to places where you can contribute knowledge, and also gain knowledge – that just seems to be a basic human right at this point,” she said.
Under the proposed FCC regulations, broadband providers couldn’t block or degrade access to legal online content, applications or services. They also wouldn’t be allowed to favor some Internet traffic over others – in other words, no “fast lanes.”