FCC Votes to Propose Eliminating Net Neutrality

20 May, 2017, 05:03 | Author: Leticia Walters
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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday voted to start rolling back the controversial net neutrality rules, highlighting an uphill battle for Democrats as well as consumer advocates.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who was the lone vote against the proposal, issued a dissenting statement, which said, "If you unequivocally trust that your broadband provider will always put the public interest over their self-interest or the interest of their stockholders, then the Destroying Internet Freedom NPRM is for you".

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". The FCC saying in 2015 that the providers could not be left to simply make up their own rules.

Under the contested FCC rules to "protect the open Internet", cable companies are not allowed to charge websites more for faster loading times and no content can be blocked. "There will probably be a lawsuit if the rules are changed".

It is not unusual for dockets to contain duplicate filings, form letters, and not bot-driven floods on one-side or another, but the FCC also said last week it was the subject of a DDoS attack that affected the filing of comments-activist groups are skeptical.

The concept of "net neutrality" generally refers to treating all Internet traffic equally. The public and business customers could see an increase in the cost of services.

Today's action begins the process of undoing the agency's 2015 Open Internet Order, which upended the decades-old bipartisan consensus that consumers-not government regulators-should control the information superhighway.

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