FCC Chairman releases plans to eliminate "net neutrality"

Aseem Trived draws out the Net Neutrality threat. ToI

HU: Your successor though, Chairman Ajit Pai, says the Internet wasn't broken in 2015 when you and the commission approved these rules. "We will continue to make sure that our policies are clear for consumers and we will not change our commitment to these principles". It implies that Meo is blocking or limiting certain "packages" unless you pay for them, the way that you can't watch HBO without the right cable plan.

The freedom that comes with these rules will be the freedom of companies to charge more or less what they want for internet services, which turns out not to be ideal for U.S. consumers who have few if any choices among internet service providers. We have seen VC investment in new startups that use the Internet increase.

Pai began circulating his proposal among the FCC commissioners on Tuesday. One of the best ways to circumvent them would be for municipalities to designate Internet access as a utility, just like electricity and water, and to deploy broadband for residents and local businesses. Consumers have little choice in their ISP, and service providers should not be allowed to use this gatekeeper position at the point of connection to discriminate against websites and apps.

The FCC's move will allow companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to charge internet companies for speedier access to consumers and to block outside services they don't like.

Amidst the blind rise of content over the years, the internet has also impacted the political culture in the society, whereby the people have seemingly embraced the sectarian and narrow views and opinions espoused by the parties that get the content promoted.

"In today's digital age, the rules that govern the operation and delivery of internet service to hundreds of millions of Americans are critical to the economic and social well-being of the nation", Schneiderman wrote. This is a dubious proposition.

Konana said the FCC has put in provisions that while these prioritizations can occur, companies must report them publicly.

The core of Cuban's (and the cable companies') argument is that, without regulation, cable companies will be able to invest more in their infrastructure.

The Internet Association, representing major technology firms including Alphabet and Facebook, said Pai's proposal "represents the end of net neutrality as we know it and defies the will of millions of Americans". "Restoring FTC jurisdiction over ISPs will enable the FTC to apply its extensive privacy and data security expertise to provide the uniform online privacy protections that consumers expect and deserve".

Even though internet service providers may be dancing a jig now over their good fortune to have the FCC rules repealed, if a Democrat is elected to the White House in 2020, the rules could flip back the other way and be reinstated. In 2015, he was strident against the instatement of net neutrality rules, and now he is moving forward to repeal them.

With the FCC releasing its proposal to reverse its Title II internet regulation regime several weeks ahead of a December 14 vote, the two top cable companies are insisting that they won't use newfound powers to throttle internet traffic. But there will be lawsuits to challenge them.

The one rule that was spared is the so-called "transparency rule", which requires broadband providers to disclose how they manage their networks. On the other side, companies such as Google parent Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc, Amazon and video streaming player Netflix Inc were among the big corporations that had petitioned Pai to not scrap the rules. Much of the tech industry also staged protests in defense of net neutrality. Worse, while some of these fake comments used made up names and addresses, many misused the real names and addresses of actual people as part of the effort to undermine the integrity of the comment process. What's more, some 50,000 recent consumer complaints appear to have gone missing.

The FCC, which has 3 Republican and two Democratic members, was likely to pass the measure on a party-line vote.

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