FCC moves forward with Net neutrality proposal

The agency officially releases its chairman’s proposal while asking whether to reregulate broadband

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted to release a hotly debated proposal to reinstate Net neutrality rules, asking whether it should move forward a proposal allowing broadband providers to engage in “commercially reasonable” traffic management or whether it should regulate broadband as a common-carrier utility.

The FCC’s vote Thursday to approve a notice of proposed rulemaking now opens it to public comment for 120 days. The notice, or NPRM, asks whether the commission should bar broadband providers from charging Web content providers for priority traffic, which some Net neutrality advocates have feared Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal would allow.

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