Reuters / Thomas Peter

Speaking at an electronics show, the United States’ top telecom regulator dismissed complaints that tougher regulations would discourage providers from upgrading their networks, seemingly indicating he will back tough net neutrality regulations.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler told audiences at the Consumer Electronics Show show in Las Vegas that net neutrality proposals do not currently go far enough to protect consumers. Policy analysts took that as a hint that Wheeler is leaning towards President Barack Obama’s position on net neutrality, calling for Title II regulations for broadband providers that would regulate them as if they were utilities.

There was an effort made to say that Wheeler and the president were pulling in opposite directions on this, which made for good headlines, but wasn’t exactly the reality,” said Wheeler. “We’re both pulling in the same direction which is no blocking, no throttling of applications…and transparency on how do we get there.”

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