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The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The FCC chairman says wireless carriers shouldn’t be allowed to block certain types of Internet traffic flowing over their networks.

In a speech to be delivered Monday, Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, says wireless carriers should be subject to the same "open Internet" rules that the agency has begun to apply to home broadband providers.

It’s unclear how the rules would apply in practice to wireless data. For instance, carriers officially restrict how laptop data cards are used, but rarely enforce their own rules. The government also has been investigating Apple Inc.’s approval process for iPhone applications, but Genachowski isn’t directly addressing manufacturers’ right to determine which applications run on their phones.

Genachowski announced the proposed rules in a speech Monday at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank.

The proposals would uphold a pledge Barack Obama made during the presidential campaign to support Internet neutrality and would bar companies like Verizon, Comcast or AT&T from slowing or blocking certain services or content flowing through their vast networks.

The rules would apply to all ISPs, including wireless service providers.

Without strict rules ensuring Net neutrality, consumer watchdogs fear the communications companies could interfere with the transmission of content, such as TV shows delivered over the Internet, that compete with services the ISPs offer, like cable television.

Internet providers have opposed regulations that would inhibit the way they control their networks, arguing they need to be able to make sure applications that consume a lot of bandwidth don’t slow Internet access to other users.

The proposed new rules were reported Saturday by The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.

"We are concerned about the unintended consequences that Net neutrality regulation would have on investments from the very industry that’s helping to drive the U.S. economy," Chris Guttman-McCabe, a vice president at CTIA, a wireless trade group, told the Post.