The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday approved “high-level rules of the road” designed to ensure that internet providers grant everyone equal access to the Web. But the 3-2 vote immediately came under attack from both flanks, with internet-freedom advocates saying the new rules don’t go far enough and critics saying the government should stay out of online business altogether.
“Today’s decision will help preserve the free and open nature of the Internet while encouraging innovation, protecting consumer choice, and defending free speech,” Obama said.
Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat and one of Congress’ most vocal net-neutrality advocates, calls the issue “the most important free-speech issue of our time.”
Commissioner Robert McDowell, a Republican, called the vote a “radical step” and said it puts the FCC “on a collision course” with the courts, which he predicted will throw the rules out. Republicans have largely argued the government has no right to interfere with business practices online. McDowell said “nothing is broken in the internet-access market that needs fixing.”
Mission Statement – FCC