"The Open Internet order safeguards an increasingly important distribution channel for your most important product – local news and information," Wheeler said. "It assures that your use of the Internet will be free from the risk of discrimination or hold up by a gatekeeper."
Who might those gatekeepers be? Wheeler means Internet providers. Those companies, the FCC has argued, have both an incentive and the ability to prevent content companies from reaching end-users. Opponents of the FCC's net neutrality rules sued en masse Tuesday to have those regulations overturned, arguing that they are illegal and unconstitutional.
Despite the legal challenge, Wheeler said Wednesday that radio and television companies should feel confident in the agency's actions.
"When you want to offer something over the Internet," he said, "no one should stand in your way."