Former FCC Chair Tom Wheeler: Open Internet is "Under Attack"

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“The Open Internet exists today, and it is under attack.” That was the dire message Tom Wheeler, former Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, had for the audience of the Benton Foundation hosted event at 1871 on September 18. What is the Open Internet? Take, for example, the Facebook Live video of his entire speech. As Wheeler put it, no one had to ask permission from a major internet provider to broadcast it to the world. But the FCC under the current administration has done an about-face in policy, signaling they may be looking to reverse protections for consumers and make it much easier for large broadband providers to restrict access to certain content, throttle up and download speeds and perhaps prevent innovators and entrepreneurs from freely distributing their services.


Former FCC Chair Tom Wheeler: Open Internet is "Under Attack"