If the whole point of net neutrality is to protect Internet users, one big beneficiary of the government's new regulations will be traditional, old-school television stations, according to the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission.

Over-the-air TV may not sound like it has anything to do with the Web. But as more TV programmers move their content online, using streaming video apps such as CBS All Access, the Internet will become a growing medium for broadcasters, said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler at an industry conference in Las Vegas Wednesday.

"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."