The Federal Communications Commission plans to loosen its grip on network operators and cable companies, as the regulatory body is on track to put an end to net neutrality rules that were placed in 2015.
The move will essentially give Internet providers the power to decide which websites and digital services their customers can see. Also, it’ll give them the freedom to determine what to charge their customers for using these services.
The decision has led to a crucial vote next month on Dec. 14, which could bring a tectonic shift in the entire digital ecosystem. FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, said in a proposal that the move would prevent government authorities from ‘micromanaging the Internet’.
He further added that instead of the current rules that were laid down under the Democratic government back in 2015, FCC would only require Internet service providers to be more transparent with their practices under the new proposal.
It appears Internet services providers are rather delighted by FCC’s announcement.
“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.
On the contray, Google didn’t seem stoked about the decision. The search engine giant believes that the end of net neutrality could also mark the end of an open Internet.
“The FCC’s net neutrality rules are working well for consumers and we’re disappointed in the proposal released today,” said Google in a statement.
It’s worth noting that under Pai’s repeal proposal, Telecom companies like AT&T and Comcast can also take undue advantage of customers by overcharging access to certain websites and online services. Besides, they can even restrict access to certain services by prioritizing their own services or of their partners.
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