New Net neutrality rules are "essential" to protect openness on the Web, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a new letter to Congress. "I believe that the Internet must remain an open platform for free expression, innovation, and economic growth," Wheeler wrote to Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) in a letter dated Dec. 9 and made public this week. "We cannot allow broadband networks to cut special deals to prioritize Internet traffic and harm consumers, competition, and innovation." Wheeler's statement comes in response to a letter from Goodlatte expressing support for the idea that existing antitrust laws can achieve the same goals as new Net neutrality rules. "Strong enforcement of the antitrust laws can prevent dominant Internet service providers from discriminating against competitors' content or engaging in anticompetitive pricing practices," Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, wrote to the FCC last month.
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