FCC Votes to Overturn Net Neutrality Rules


The FCC has voted against the current state of internet regulations from the Obama administration called net neutrality. The rules were put in place to essentially watch over and control cable and telecom companies as to not violate the principles of net neutrality.

At the core of net neutrality, it’s about Internet service providers (ISPs) treating the data flow on the Internet the same – regardless of who or where it comes from. If it is overturned, so-called “internet fast lanes” might be created. They could allow certain companies or users to get faster traffic or other bonuses, basically boiling down to special treatment for those who are willing to pay. Conversely, this would mean that companies and website owners that would not be able or willing to pay up, could get throttled access.

The issue of net neutrality has been the subject of intense discussion for a while now and has turned into a bitter fight against Republicans and Democrats. Under Obama in 2015 the current set of net neutrality rules was passed by a Democrat-dominated FCC (Federal Communications Commission) and are now in danger of being overruled by an FCC that currently has a Republican majority.

After the newest decision from the FCC from last Thursday, a three-month public comment period begins in the USA. Comments from the general public can be sent in for the first 60 days and responses to these may be sent in during the remaining 30 days. Prominent defenders of net neutrality include members of the Internet Association such as Amazon, Google, Facebook and Netflix. On the other hand, US broadband providers like Comcast and Charter Communications are for overturning the rules, which they see as too restrictive.

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/news/2017/05/18/fcc-votes-overturn-net-neutrality/101828412/
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