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New FCC headman brandishes net neutrality carrot and stick

The Register - Emulating the middle-of-the-road manner of the president who appointed him, new US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Tom Wheeler says that under his direction the Commission will take a hands-off approach to regulation, but will be poised to intervene when it sees telecom corporations acting against the best interests of the internet.

"We're strong supporters, as I've said before, of the open internet," he said in a one-to-one conversation with CEA headman Gary Shapiro at CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

"The open internet order was drafted in a way that encouraged innovation," he said. "It recognized the difference between wireless and wireline, and also said, 'But! You won't screw up the operation of the internet. You won't act in uncompetitive, anti-competitive ways. And you won't act in preferential ways'."