Wheeler Slammed over 'Sender Side' Neutrality

Groups Ask Wheeler For a Different Net Neutrality Approach
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FCC Chairman Tom wheeler is catching flak from both sides over a Title II/Sec. 706 approach in the works at the FCC.

Free Press, the Future of Music Coalition, Demand Progress, Open Technology Institute and more than 60 other groups have asked the chairman not to take that approach to new network neutrality rules.

That request came in a letter to Wheeler released Friday (Nov. 7).

"So-called sender-side proposals are highly questionable and could fundamentally threaten the open Internet," the groups wrote. "These proposals would split the Internet in two, creating divisions in Internet access and enshrining the notion that people or companies sending information have protections against discrimination, while users have none against their own ISP," they argue.

"They would make every website and application in the world into a customer of every ISP in the United States. This would be a radical departure from established law, and it would not solve the fundamental problem of online discrimination or the ability of ISPs to create Internet slow lanes," they said.

They argue that anything short of Title II reclassification is not "real" Title II or "real" network neutrality.