FCC Chair Revises Net Neutrality Plan Before Thursday's Vote

Rhett Pardon

WASHINGTON — The FCC's chairman has revised his proposal for net neutrality after receiving considerable unfavorable criticism on a plan unveiled in April.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's  revised plan, detailed this past weekend by the Wall Street Journal, is an 11th-hour change that offers assurances that the agency won't allow ISPs to segregate web traffic into fast and slow lanes.

Wheeler's new plan — scheduled for a vote by the FCC's board on Thursday — also includes wording that would protect consumers and innovators.

But most importantly, Wheeler's new proposal asks for input on whether broadband Internet should be reclassified as a public utility.

The online adult industry for years has been at odds with any plan that would throttle speed.  Any "paid prioritization" could potentially affect how adult entertainment is distributed over the web, including the streaming of 4K Ultra HD TV services.

The FCC has opened up an email address for public to comment on this issue — openinternet@fcc.gov. If the FCC board votes to move forward with Wheeler's proposal, it will make the document available to the public and open up a new comment period.