FCC declares the internet a public utility


The Federal Communications Commission led by Chairman Tom Wheeler. YURI GRIPAS/REUTERS

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission approved regulations to protect the principle of net neutrality for the foreseeable future, the concept that internet providers should not be able to charge some high-traffic websites extra for a faster connection. For now, the internet will be viewed as a public utility, like telephone service.

Critics charge that net neutrality opens the door to government regulations that will stifle innovation. Shireen Mitchell, director of web and interactive media at the Women’s Media Center, says they couldn’t be more wrong.

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