In a message to cable & broadband executives the FCC Chair indicated that there would be “tough new rules to enforce so-called net neutrality, preventing big broadband and cable companies from blocking access to innovative new technologies and start-ups that might emerge as competitors” as reported by the New York Times. Tom Wheeler, FCC Chair said:

As a result of the importance of our broadband networks, our society has the right to demand highly responsible performance from those who operate those networks,…

As well Wheeler reportedly said that the FCC would use its:

…federal authority to override state laws that restrict municipalities from offering inexpensive broadband service to residents. Cable companies have aggressively funded efforts to put those laws in place.

Net Neutrality continues to be a critical legal issue to follow.