FCC Chairman says open Internet plan guarantees protection for consumers as web changes

In an exclusive interview with Gwen Ifill on the PBS NewsHour, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said his new proposal would stop companies from blocking content or creating fast lanes on the Internet through paid priority. While “we don’t know what the Internet will look like in five years,” Wheeler told Gwen on Wednesday, his new proposal for the FCC would essentially create “a yardstick to measure what’s fair for consumers.”

Wheeler also defended the plan against criticism from large Internet service providers. He said that he’s ready to work with Republicans in Congress who have pledged to fight the proposal. And he insisted his latest proposal was not a change of heart since he’s “always been a proponent of an open internet.”

Watch the full report on tonight’s PBS NewsHour.