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(WASHINGTON) — The Internet belongs to the people.

That’s the message Federal Communications Commission Tom Wheeler sent Wednesday when he announced the strongest ever open Internet protections, which reclassify Internet Service Providers as common carriers and impose utility-style regulations.


It’s time to put in place rules to preserve the #OpenInternet that has become an indispensable part of our daily lives. #TitleII

— Tom Wheeler (@TomWheelerFCC) February 4, 2015


“The Internet must be fast, fair and open,” Wheeler wrote in a Wired article Wednesday. “That is the message I’ve heard from consumers and innovators across this nation. That is the principle that has enabled the Internet to become an unprecedented platform for innovation and human expression.”

Wheeler asked his fellow commissioners to join him in approving the proposal at the group’s next meeting on Feb. 26.

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