The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) seems adamant to put an end to net neutrality rules, despite millions of people voicing their dissent over the move. On Dec. 14, the telecom regulatory body is expected to repeal Open ‘Internet’ rules that were laid down in 2015 during Obama’s presidential term, even after repeated calls from Net Neutrality advocates to revoke, or even delay the proposal.
The issue has reportedly generated nearly 23 million public comments, breaking past records for comments on government policy issues. That said, millions of these comments were also found linked with fake email addresses. Nevertheless, a majority of the country’s demographic believes that killing net neutrality would essentially bring an end to the free and open internet, as we know it.
Under existing net neutrality rules, customers get unrestricted access to all legal content on the web. Your network provider has no control over what you see, and cannot restrict access to certain websites in favor other websites they want you to see.
In 2015, President Obama enacted net neutrality rules to give us a free and open internet, without any borders and boundaries. The telecom industry even disputed these rules, stating it would affect investment in broadband infrastructure.
Though now, Internet providers seem rather stoked about FCC’s new proposal to repeal net neutrality.
“We’re very encouraged by Chairman Pai’s announcement today that the FCC will move forward next month to restore the successful light-touch regulatory framework for internet services,” Verizon said in a statement.(fcc)
FCC plans to strike down net neutrality rules in a crucial vote on Dec.14. FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, said in a proposal that the move would prevent government authorities from ‘micromanaging the Internet’. His vision, called “The Restoring of Internet Freedom Order” is likely to pass due to support from the Republican party. Now, this essentially means we might be heading back to the Dark Ages. It’ll give Internet providers the power to decide what you see, and how much you see.