Ajit Pai (he is The Republican Head of the Federal Communications Commision – FCC), announced this week that, the agency will want to fully repeal the rules on net neutrality which were set during the Obama-era.
“The FCC would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate,” stated Ajit as The Hill announced.
December 14th is the day when the vote on the proposal will take place, but due to the fact that the FCC is Republican Dominated – it’s expected that everyone will be in support of a full repeal. They named the initiative: “Restoring Internet Freedom”.
Chairman @AjitPaiFCC proposes to end heavy-handed Internet regulations and restore light-touch approach under which Internet thrived prior to 2015.
— The FCC (@FCC) November 21, 2017
Within the core of Net Neutrality, lies a basic principle which, guarantees that Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) and government-run agencies ensure that all legal websites have equal treatment, and everyone who has a Web connection can access them.
That’s not the case everywhere in the world though, and we can see that with Portugal which became somewhat of a worrying case study where it’s clearly demonstrated of what can happen when you find loopholes in those laws. Technically, they are bound by EU’s net neutrality laws, yet somehow they are circumventing the laws.
That allowed a Lisbon-based telecommunications company to take advantage thus selling internet access in separate packages. The cheapest one for instance, only allows instant messaging or social media use. The more expensive one allows the user to access the full content (emails, music, video streaming etc…)
— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) November 22, 2017
Like this, unless you spend more you have restricted internet access – this is where net neutrality kicks in.
Netflix supports strong #NetNeutrality. We oppose the FCC's proposal to roll back these core protections.
— Netflix US (@netflix) November 21, 2017
In 2015. Obama’s administration gave some of the best worlds protections on net neutrality. Broadband was classified as a common carrier when Open Internet Order was introduced and that keeps ISP’s from cutting access to the internet off by slowing or restricting it completely – depending on what they need.
But the times, they are a changing and the FCC first tier echelon changed, and now, they want to undo these rules, even when they are opposed by nearly 22 million Americans (Several high profile web based services are included in the mix also).
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 21, 2017
This will set us back a lot. You will get an internet service based on what you pay and you will be restricted to use it on anything else.
This can create a world of difference in classes of citizens. one that is rich in money and information, and one that is experiencing a deficit in both. This is exactly what was alluded to by an FCC employee that spoke to reporters over the phone under anonymity.
The UN Human Rights Council declared that, governments and state run agencies , should not disrupt public internet access. Apparently, the FCC is not listening. I guess we will have to wait and see what happens …