What Does Net Neutrality Rollback Mean For You?

22 November, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
  • Ajit Pai: Restoring Internet Freedom Should Have Happed Long Time Ago

That's because the FCC is made up of three Republican and two Democratic commissioners.

The FCC chairman said his plan will put the Federal Trade Commission - "the most experienced privacy cop. back on the beat to protect consumers' online privacy". Since then everyone has joined this conversation - from the public to the lawmakers and major companies.

"Today, I have shared with my colleagues a draft order that would abandon this failed approach and return to the longstanding consensus that served consumers well for decades", Pai said in a statement. The beneficiaries of the revocation include broadband and telecommunication companies such as AT&T as well as Comcast.

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

In a release, Pai said his proposal would prevent the government from "micromanaging the Internet".

Pai's proposal would require internet service providers to disclose whether they allow blocking or slowing down of consumer web access or permit so-called internet fast lanes to facilitate a practice called paid prioritization of charging for certain content.

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Net neutrality is the principle that all online traffic should be treated equally. Nevertheless, while the new rules are widely expected to be approved in December, the commission will face fierce public backlash.

Long set at 39%, the ownership cap is accompanied by a rule known as the "UHF discount", a method of counting stations that dates to the days when stations were tuned in with a VHF/UHF dial. UHF stations are counted at a lower level in overall station tallies than VHF ones with stronger signals, enabling one owner to amass more net stations. Rights groups are also rallying to file lawsuits if the commission revokes net neutrality protections. That's why these constituencies have joined together, alongside millions of individual internet users, to demand that the FCC leave the 2015 rules in place. The net neutrality has been a topic that has created a heated debate between internet and telecom companies. "If you like your cable company, you'll love what this does for the Internet, because it gives Internet service providers the same kind of control over content and price as cable operators have today". They were meant to ensure a free and open internet, give consumers equal access to web content and prevent broadband service providers from favoring their own content.

Pai, who has moved quickly to undo numerous regulatory actions since becoming FCC chairman, is pushing a broad deregulatory agenda.

"Don't fall for the fearmongering", Pai wrote in a WSJ piece.

Ajit Pai blasted the rules that were introduced by the Obama administration as "heavy-handed, utility-style". Americans weren't living in a digital dystopia before the FCC seized power.



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