FCC votes to repeal tough net neutrality rules

FCC votes to repeal tough net neutrality rules

FCC votes to repeal tough net neutrality rules

In 2015, the FCC said basically if the Internet was a highway, that everyone deserved the same sized lane. Using this self-created authority, the FCC then imposed net neutrality restrictions on broadband providers.

As you may have heard, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai recently announced his plans to reverse existing net neutrality protections established by his predecessor.

Cinnamon Rogers of the Telecommunications Industry Association however called the vote "a step in the right direction for restoring sensible rules to govern the internet", and said it would "allow industry to further invest in the network and meet the growing demand from consumers for new high-tech products and services". With the current net neutrality rules, it is hard for internet service providers to block or slow down websites for consumers.

Making it worse, the ambiguity of the rules mean that providers end up going to the FCC for permission each time their service changes. The FCC saying in 2015 that the providers could not be left to simply make up their own rules.

Approval opens up a period of public input before the FCC moves forward with the proposal.

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Those who support Pai's plan, including Republicans and broadband providers, argue the 2015 regulation is an FCC regulatory overreach that has prevented investment and innovation in broadband infrastructure and has harmed customers.

In March, more than 170 organizations signed an open letter urging Pai to safeguard net neutrality.

According to Democrats and consumer advocates, weaker rules could allow internet service providers to abuse their position as gatekeepers between customers and the rest of the internet.

Comments for the public comment period will be accepted until August 16, Gattuso said, with the final rule change likely to come in the fall.

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