SAN FRANCISCO – The Federal Communications Commission will push new rules to insure that the Internet remains an open network, including by preventing Internet service providers from slowing or even blocking traffic on the Web, the agency's chairman said Wednesday. A federal appeals court had ruled last month against the FCC's so-called 'net neutrality' rules in which Internet service providers were barred from slowing and blocking traffic to and from specific Web sites. However, the court acknowledged that the FCC had the authority to regulate the business practices of the providers. In a statement, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency "will carefully consider, how, consistent with the court opinion, we can ensure that edge providers are not unfairly blocked explicitly or implicitly, from reaching consumers, as well as ensuring that consumers can continue to access any lawful content and services they choose." Wheeler also said that since the court affirmed the FCC's authority, the agency will not appeal the federal court ruling.
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