What Does Net Neutrality Rollback Mean For You?

22 November, 2017, 01:09 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Here's What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Battle for Net Neutrality

Under his proposal, "the FCC would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that's best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate", Pai said in a statement.

Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), pauses while speaking during an open meeting in Washington on November 16. Those who criticize the rules say undoing them is good for investment in broadband networks.

Net neutrality is the principle that internet providers treat all web traffic equally, and it's essentially how the internet has worked since its inception.

Republican Representatives Greg Walden, of OR, and Marsha Blackburn, of Tennessee, said Pai's plan shows the FCC "understands the importance of making sure the internet continues to flourish under a light-touch regulatory regime".

Several internet companies are strongly opposed to the move.

The FCC's plan has also stirred up heated resistance on Reddit, where numerous users are calling for USA citizens to contact their state representatives to demand their support for net neutrality.

Should the commission vote to rescind the protections, internet service providers will have vast power to reshape how we access the WWW.

A USA appeals court a year ago upheld the legality of the net neutrality regulations, which were challenged in a lawsuit led by telecommunications industry trade association US Telecom. "We believe", Verizon said in a statement to ABC, "that users should be able to access the internet when, where, and how they choose, and our customers will continue to do so".

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The FCC's repeal is certain to draw a legal challenge from advocates of net neutrality.

"He said the FTC will once again "police" service providers, protect consumers and promote competition like before 2015".

Republican Senator John Thune said Pai's plan was an improvement over the Obama rules but that "the only way to create long-term certainty for the internet ecosystem is for Congress to pass a bipartisan law". Trump has abandoned worldwide trade deals, the landmark Paris climate accord and environmental protections, taken aim at the Iran nuclear accord and closer relations with Cuba, and sought repeal Obama's signature healthcare law.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai circulates a draft of a rulemaking to consider retaining, modifying or eliminating the cap that, with the restoration of the UHF discount earlier this year, now enables TV station groups to reach as many as 78% of TV homes.

Republicans and internet service providers have said the rules adopted by a Democratic-run FCC gave the agency too much power over companies, including the possibility of rate regulation.

The new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission wasn't joking when he said "this is a fight that we intend to wage, and this is a fight that we are going to win".

Language in the new proposal would give the FCC significantly less authority to oversee the web.

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