Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Wednesday said he plans to circulate his new proposal for the rules, expected to ensure that network operators disclose exactly how they manage Internet traffic and do not restrict consumers as they surf the Web.
Wheeler has in the past indicated that the new net neutrality rules were not expected to address the issue of interconnectivity, or agreements in which content companies pay network providers for faster access to their sites or services.
The five-member regulatory commission may vote as soon as May to formally propose the rules and collect public comment on them.
But critics have raised concerns that, without a formal rule, the voluntary pledges could be pulled back over time and also leave the door open for deals that would give unequal treatment to websites or services.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in January for the second time struck down the FCC's previous version of the open Internet order.
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