Hi Burgers,

A little Pundit Kitchen for your Wednesday?

Yesterday, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler officially announced his move toward upholding a free and open Internet.

I am submitting to my colleagues the strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC. These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.

Tom did a fair amount of politicking, opening with a “connect with the people” anecdote about a startup he attempted in the nineties called NABU that failed because of the difficulties of transmitting the Internet via closed cable lines.

The FCC kept phone lines open and free so companies like AOL succeeded while companies like his failed because cable lines weren’t. He rather heroically stated that this openness “did not happen by accident, but by FCC rule.”

What he probably should have highlighted a bit more was (most likely) the real reason that the FCC is taking this step towards neutrality, the 4 million public comments that demanded open Internet. In the end he did acknowledge the fact that the Internet should be open because “that is the message I’ve heard from consumers and innovators across this nation.”

If I were making the speech, I might have noted that you guys that made comments and signed petitions are the heroes, rather than the FCC itself. Bravo everyone. You can check out the full speech here.

The FCC will officially vote on this issue on February 26. I’ll post more on that in the next couple of weeks.

Cheers,
Evan