Hip, hip, hooray! The FCC has saved the day… or more precisely the internet. Today the FCC voted in favor of Net Neutrality which classifies access to broadband as a telecommunications service. Specifically, internet service providers have been classified as “common carriers” under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934, the same classification given to public utilities and telecommunications provers. Under this ruling all data on the internet will continue to be treated equally, thus preserving the data equality that has inspired and spawned endless services, applications and communication channels that are available today.
This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech. They both stand for the same concept.
– Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman