USA overturns net neutrality rules aimed at ensuring free, open web

FCC commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn joined protesters outside the panel's headquarters on Thursday before issuing a dissent to Republican chair Ajit Pai's proposal to end net neutrality protections. The repeal was passed with a 3-2

However, many have said the writing was on the wall for the repeal with the election of United States president Donald Trump, who called net neutrality "Obama's attack on the internet".

That said, it was also Barack Obama who appointed Republican Ajit Pai, the current chairman of the FCC, as a way to bridge the gap between party lines. The ensuing fallout since the 3-2 vote could have easily been predicted as well.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is reportedly so upset over the FCC vote he is leading a multi-state lawsuit to overturn it. Today's rollback will give ISPs new ways to control what we see, what we do, and what we say online. The defeat of net neutrality combined with a recently passed rule that sallow ISPs to sell customer data have made the internet notably less free this year. (Given that platforms like Netflix, YouTube, and Twitch account for lots of web traffic, for instance, the fear among net neutrality advocates is that providers may end up charging consumers more money to utilize these services). We will be filing a petition for review in the coming days. Chairman Pai explained that repealing the rules will lead to a "better, faster, cheaper internet", freeing internet service providers from being micromanaged by bureaucrats.

Some small-business owners have also been concerned these issues will affect them, worrying that industry giants could pay to get an edge, and leave them on an unfair playing field.

That growing public movement suggests that the FCC vote won't be the end of the issue.

Today's FCC decision went further, removing the Title II telecommunications designation entirely in favor of classifying internet providers as an "information service" and blunting the agency's rule-making teeth as a result. "With this CRA, Congress can correct the Commission's misguided and partisan decision and keep the internet in the hands of the people, not big corporations".

We don't think that the FCC has the power to stop states from enacting our own rules. For example, the Obama FCC said that "zero rating" practices by AT&T violated net neutrality. As I draft this bill email me your suggestions to: "netneutrality.coffman@mail.house.gov", he tweeted.

With the FCC's vote, the Internet as we know it is over.

Not only was Congress ready to act, so were some states, California State Sen.

"It's basic economics", Mr Pai said in a speech at the Newseum in April. As this makes clear, killing net neutrality will make ISPs rich but kill innovation-and even potentially slow down the growth of the USA economy, which is partially driven by the success of its major tech companies. It will likely be up to the courts to decide if that provision was lawful or not. "I support that freedom", she said.

Comcast, one of the nation's largest broadband providers, whose stock rose 1.4 percent to $39.12 on Thursday, has sought to calm customers' worries over the loss of net neutrality protections. "It'll be just as necessary tomorrow as it is today". Offering more resources to these high demand areas could speed up the internet for many users. "We'll work tirelessly to fix the many legal, factual and moral failings that the FCC majority used to prop up its flawed and foundering decision".

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