The FCC has raised the benchmark for broadband speed to 25 megabits per second, above the speed that many Americans receive with their home connection.
A 3-2 vote is the first step in allowing municipalities all over the country to offer their own Internet service in the name of competition.
In a 3-2 vote, the agency decides to apply the same rules that govern telephone service to broadband, with the hope that it ensures the fair and equal treatment of all traffic on the Internet.
The agency plans to vote on a proposal later this month that strikes down provisions in state laws limiting the expansion of municipal broadband networks.
Title II, a provision in the country's 81-year-old telecommunications law, could be used to tighten regulations on the telecom and cable industries. Here's why they're not happy about it.
President Obama gave the FCC his blessing this week to use its regulatory authority to pre-empt state laws prohibiting cities and towns from building broadband networks, but the agency will face opposition.
In a surprise move, Sprint counters its industry brethren by saying the FCC's plan won't prevent it from further investing in its broadband network.
Connecticut takes the first step toward launching a gigabit broadband network that officials hope will spur competition and lead to higher-speed service at lower prices.
The success of Google Fiber has inspired Ting, which offers a low-cost mobile phone service, to get into the gigabit-broadband market.
President Obama calls for tighter rules from the FCC -- leaving a little bit of wiggle room -- in an effort to preserve a "free and open Internet."