Mike Snider and Roger Yu, USA TODAY
(USA Today)—Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Thursday forwarded his recommendations for new net neutrality rules to the rest of the commissioners, triggering cheers from consumer groups and lawsuit threats from large telecom companies.
The new regulations, on which the FCC is expected to vote on Feb. 26, are the strongest open Internet rules ever proposed at the agency.
The FCC has been recasting net neutrality rules because the previous set was tossed out by a federal court last year. In November, President Obama made clear his stance on the issue, calling for tight regulations that would treat Internet service providers similarly to public utilities such as electric companies.