Tom Wheeler, a Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is in a very narrow spot as he writes rules on how broadband firms can handle their own traffic.
In the previous week, President Barack Obama, wanted to make the spot even tighter.
Wheeler, who was appointed by Obama, brought out a proposal early this year which will bran broadband companies from slowing down or halting websites, but leaving opportunity for content firms to make payment for special entry to consumers.
FCC’s challenge is to compile rules that prevent tiered internet, with slow and swift lanes, while showing the courts that the agency isn’t abusing its authority.
Most net-neutrality advocates think that in order to get neutrality rules to stand in court, the FCC will require making a broadband reclassification as a telecommunications service from the Telecommunications Act of 1996 --- subjecting it to utility-mimicking regulations. Broadband companies aren’t happy with the move and promised that a long legal battle will take place.