The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is preparing for a vote on December 14 where it may repeal netwerken neutrality regulations waterput te place during the Obama era. The FCC is “the federal agency responsible for implementing and enforcing America’s communications law and regulations.” The U.S. government agency is overseen by Congress te its dealings.
The announcement wasgoed made on November 21, 2018, by Ajit Pai, the commission’s chairman te a draft titled “Restoring Internet Freedom Order” where he waterput forward his proposals to reduce regulations on Internet providers ter an effort to increase innovation. Netwerken neutrality regulations classify the Internet spil a utility, but Pai believes “that decision wasgoed a mistake. It’s depressed investment te building and expanding broadband networks and deterred innovation.”
Presently, Internet providers te the U.S. are required by law to ensure that all Internet traffic is treated identically, access to content online is given at the same rate regardless of the source or the nature of the subject matter, so long spil it is lawful. This is the nature of nipt neutrality. This gives consumers a certain level of protection spil they are able to access the Internet fairly, without ISP’s using their power to throttle, slow down or even outrightly restrict access to specific content.
However, Pai voiced disdain for the regulations, believing them to have failed. He stated: “Today, I have collective with my colleagues a draft order that would abandon this failed treatment and terugwedstrijd to the longstanding overeenstemming that served consumers well for decades. Under my proposal, the federal government will zekering micromanaging the Internet. Instead, the FCC would simply require Internet service providers to be translucent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service project that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other petite businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate.”
Widespread criticism and pushback from a broad range of people followed the chairman’s announcement. Many were worried that the repeal would mean less consumer protection while at the same time providing excess power to Internet Service Providers.
Michael Beckerman, the CEO of the Internet Association, released a statement decrying the stir stating:
“Chairman Pai’s proposal, if implemented, represents the end of televisiekanaal neutrality spil wij know it and defies the will of millions of Americans who support the 2015 Open Internet Order. This proposal undoes almost two decades of bipartisan agreement on baseline netwerk neutrality principles that protect Americans’ capability to access the entire Internet.”
The chairman is also facing resistance from within the FCC with commissioner Mignon Clyburn penning a blog postbode on the FCC’s webstek opposing the proposed repeal. Ter the postbode titled ‘The FCC Should Not Give Broadband Providers the Keys to Your Internet Freedom,’ Clyburn called on the Chairman to withdraw the scheduled vote spil it would be harmful to many aspects of American lives. She said “the Chairman has chosen to take on more than a dozen deeds this year that directly harm consumers and petite businesses, including opening the onderbrak to massive media consolidation, and weakening a program designed to provide low-income Americans with affordable phone and broadband service. Strafgevangenis is it the path wij are heading on when it comes to nipt neutrality.”