FCC's Wheeler Debuts 'Strongest Ever' Net Neutrality Rules

Law360, New York (February 4, 2015, 12:07 PM EST) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler formally announced Wednesday that his agency would follow President Barack Obama's call to impose strict net neutrality rules by reclassifying broadband providers for utility-like regulation.

The move, widely expected in recent months and almost certain to draw a lawsuit from broadband providers, caps off more than a year of debate over how best to replace the agency's old net neutrality regime, which was struck down by an appeals court in January 2014.

Wheeler initially proposed a replacement that would have still allowed ISPs to strike "commercially reasonable" deals charging content companies like Netflix for faster...

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