After last month's landmark decision by a federal court to strike down key parts of the Federal Communications Commission's Open Internet rules, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler now says the group is working to bring them back. In a speech yesterday at the University of Colorado Law School, Wheeler said he will soon be "outlining" a plan to bring back provisions that required internet service providers to treat all types of internet traffic equally. That's if a federal court agrees, notes CNET. Wheeler told the audience that the DC Circuit Court of Appeals invited the FCC to "act to preserve a free and open internet," and that his plan to do that would arrive in the "coming days."
A plan will come in "days"
In the meantime, a group of senators have banded together asking the FCC to reinstate the net neutrality rules. Senators Al Franken, Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley, Ed Markey, and Richard Blumenthal signed and sent the letter to Wheeler yesterday, asking for the FCC to "move quickly to protect internet users and the open internet." That request went on to say that "consumers, entrepreneurs, and innovators deserve to know their right to view or use the content and services of their choice online will be protected."
The efforts come amid concerns that some internet service providers may soon treat some services differently than others. Last week that became an issue after a claim that Verizon might be throttling access speeds for Netflix and Amazon Web Services, something the company vehemently denied. In a statement last month, Wheeler noted that "many" ISPs would continue to uphold the original Open Internet rules, but that an "accessible and open" internet should still be the main requirement.