FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler may be a former telecom lobbyist, but in his current position, he must be at least somewhat responsive to what the public actually wants. For the past two weeks it has been known that the FCC is pursuing a new plan that will allow internet service providers (ISP) to make prioritization deals with edge providers. Since this goes completely against the core principal of net neutrality, the public has been fighting back against the proposal.
Now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that his proposal is being revised to include language that prohibits fast and slow lanes from being created. Additionally, an official told the Wall Street Journal that the FCC will seek comment on whether or not broadband should be reclassified as a public utility. If reclassification were to go through, the net neutrality issue would no longer be a big deal, as things like paid prioritization aren’t allowed with public utilities.
Wheeler has reportedly made changes to the proposal because of the backlash that the agency received when its plans were first made public last month. Since April, thousands of emails and phone calls have been made, leaving Wheeler in a difficult position.
The updated proposal could be made public on Monday.