Open Internet Explainer
The FCC is Acting to Protect an Open InternetToday, FCC Chairman Wheeler announced his commitment to proposing new rules of the road for the
Internet to protect consumers and entrepreneurs, and ensure the Internet remains a platform for
innovation and freedom of expression.
Why is the FCC taking action now?
Open Internet Order, meant to ensure that high-speed Internet Service Providers (“broadband providers”)
treat all Internet traffic equally and fairly.
What rules were struck down?
and services, and barred fixed broadband providers (generally speaking, non-mobile broadband providers)
from unreasonably discriminating among legal Internet traffic.
Why is an anti-blocking rule important?
not exploit that role through blocking or creating barriers to lawful content, websites or services.
Why about anti-discrimination?
online, giving some preferred treatment, in ways that harm consumers or the economy.
How can the FCC propose rules if the Court struck them down?
fact, the court upheld the conclusion that without rules of the road, broadband providers could harm
consumers and the economy. Today, the FCC laid out a path forward to propose new rules of the road that
will ensure the Internet remains a platform for innovation and freedom of expression.
What will be different about your new rules of the road?
guidance laid out by the court.
Why is an Open Internet important?
is critical that they abide by rules of the road meant to preserve the Open Internet for all. In addition,
investment and innovation have flourished under the Open Internet rules. The FCC will seek public
comment on rules of the road for protecting and promoting the Open Internet in the coming months.
February 19, 2014