Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Science | By Joan Schultz

Net Neutrality Rules Overturned

Net Neutrality Rules Overturned

Protesters were demonstrating in front of the FCC building as the meeting got underway.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repealed the net neutrality rules Thursday, which gives service providers the power to control website speeds and access.

Critics of the FCC's decision worry that with net neutrality rules overturned large internet service providers like Comcast or Verizon could begin charging different rates for certain internet content or even begin selectively slowing down data delivery.

In a 3-to-2 vote along party lines, the FCC on Thursday reversed what it called in a statement "heavy-handed utility-style regulation of broadband Internet access service" which "reduced Internet service provider (ISP) investment in networks, as well as hampered innovation, particularly among small ISPs serving rural consumers", Xinhua reported.

The cringe-worthy attempt to reach Millennials by using the 2013 track and phenomenon caught the attention of the producer, who immediately voiced his opposition to his song being used for Pai's agenda.

Although the FCC has repealed net neutrality, the decision will have to pass through Congress, and groups have already shared plans to sue the commission over the decision, which could take months to resolve. "I applaud Attorney General Lisa Madigan for her decision to appeal the F.C.C.'s action".

On other hand, many public interest groups have also promised that they would soon file law suits to reverse this ruling.

But Ed Black of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which represents major tech firms such as Google and Facebook, said internet users should be wary of such promises.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, said in July that the raw number of comments wasn't as important as the substance of issues raised.

"We are helping consumers and promoting competition", Mr Pai said.

The FCC subscribed to the principle of net neutrality for over a decade and enshrined it in rules adopted in 2015.

His plan for the net neutrality rules, first outlined early this year, set off a flurry of opposition.

"I think the consumer is the one that is going to suffer the most", Di Fabio said.

Consumers are unlikely to see immediate changes resulting from the rule change, but smaller startups worry the lack of restrictions could drive up costs or lead to their content being blocked. "There are things that we all agree on, like I said - no blocking, no throttling, addressing latency". "Outraged, because the FCC pulls its own teeth, abdicating responsibility to protect the nation's broadband consumers".

The White House has also released an official statement saying that it backs the FCC move to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality regulations.

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