Tom Wheeler Defends Title II Rules, Accuses Pai of Helping Monopolists

simkel shares a report from Ars Technica: Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler spoke out against the FCC’s proposed repeal of net neutrality rules this week, saying the repeal will help monopoly broadband providers abuse their dominant position. There’s “a monopoly provider for three-quarters of the homes in America, and no choice,” Wheeler said in a forum (video) in Arlington, Virginia Monday hosted by US Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.). “When you’ve only got one provider, who makes the rules? The provider makes the rules.” Wheeler was referring to FCC data that shows most Americans live in areas with either one provider of high-speed broadband (at least 25Mbps downstream and 3Mbps upstream) or none at all. With the FCC’s new Republican leadership seeking to overturn net neutrality rules, “the question becomes, will giant companies be able to exploit their monopoly position?” Wheeler said. “Who is going to stand up for consumers? Who is going to stand up for innovation? And who is going to stand up for the most important network for determining our future in the 21st century?”

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