WASHINGTON, September 18, 2014 – During a House Small Business Committee meeting on Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler comfortably discoursed on his years as a small business owner. The hearing covered topics including broadband’s impact on small businesses, that lack of rural broadband competition and network neutrality. The FCC “will continue to orient universal service support to broadband,” Wheeler said.
Wheeler told the committee that the agency aimed to increase its definition of minimum broadband speed from 4 Megabits per second (Mbps) to 10 Mbps. On the question of ways to enforce net neutrality rules, Wheeler said that public utility reclassification of broadband under “Title II [of the Communications Act] is very much a topic of conversation and very much on the table.”