After much speculation, it is finally happening. The Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, announced earlier this week that the FCC will vote to end the Obama-era net neutrality rules that require internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally. Trump’s FCC chairman ripped the Obama-era rules as “heavy-handed, utility-style” regulation of the internet imposed by the Left. He explained: “Today, I have shared with my colleagues a draft order that would abandon this failed approach and return to the longstanding consensus that served consumers well for decades. Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet.”
Pai continued: “Instead, 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.” Therefore, on Dec. 14th the commission will vote on Pai’s proposal and since the Republicans control the FCC with 3 of the five seats, the proposal will likely pass and net neutrality will likely come to a screeching halt.
Pai’s proposal is a huge win for mega companies like Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T, which would be freed of restrictions on blocking or throttling certain content or requiring websites to buy into internet “fast lanes.” Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel issued a statement suggesting: “Our Internet economy is the envy of the world because it is open to all. This proposal tears at the foundation of that openness. It hands broadband providers the power to decide what voices to amplify, which sites we can visit, what connections we can make, and what communities we create. It throttles access, stalls opportunity, and censors content.”
Jonathan Spalter, CEO of the trade group USTelecom claims: “Today’s action will provide tremendous opportunity for American broadband consumers, no matter where they live. The removal of antiquated, restrictive regulations will pave the way for broadband network investment, expansion, and upgrades.” Do you support net neutrality?