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The chairman of the US's communications watchdog is proposing "strong" protections to ensure the principles of net neutrality are upheld.In an article in Wired, Tom Wheeler said he intended to place new restrictions on how fixed line and mobile broadband providers handle data.He plans to prevent the service providers from being able to create fast lanes for those willing to pay.Verizon has indicated that it might begin legal action as a consequence.Setting out his vision, Mr Wheeler described it as the "strongest open internet protections ever proposed by the FCC".The principle of net neutrality is one that holds that all packets of data, whether it be an email, a webpage or a video, are treated equally on the network.FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said he intended to reclassify internet service providers (ISPs) to make them like any other public utility, in order to ensure the watchdog can regulate them."These enforceable, bright-line rules will ban paid prioritisation, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services," he wrote."I propose to fully apply - for the first time ever - those bright-line rules to mobile broadband.(To see the full article go the URL at the top)A much needed step. Now to see vested interests fight it.