Two good things out of Washington today – better than this embarrassment also that also happened there today.
Net Neutrality:The FCC passed net neutrality rules based on the strongest legal authority-Title II of the Telecommunications Act-to keep access from being controlled by corporations acting in their own interest, and not in the public’s interest. Vote was 3-2, Democrats for, Republicans against. Before the meeting, FCC Chair Tom Wheeler reached out his arms to clasp the hands of fellow Democrats Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel (it’s a great photo). The new policy, he said, will ensure “that no one – whether government or corporate – should control free open access to the Internet.”
We also have President Barack Obama to thank for this.
Verizon, predictably, decided to be a dick.
New York Times:
Tom Wheeler, the commission chairman, said the F.C.C. was using “all the tools in our toolbox to protect innovators and consumers” and preserve the Internet’s role as a “core of free expression and democratic principles.”
More on the landmark net neutrality vote, FCC’s municipal broadband ruling and comments on both from Sen. Cory Booker – on the jump page.