FCC Plans December Vote to Kill Net Neutrality Rules2017-11-16 12:22 by Daniela
The Federal Communications Commission is expected to vote on whether to overturn its own net neutrality rules next month.
In May, the FCC voted 2-1 to advance Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to withdraw the former Obama administration's order reclassifying internet service providers as if they were utilities. Pai now plans to hold a final vote on the proposal at the FCC's Dec. 14 meeting and roll out details of the plans next week.
The net neutrality rules were put in place to ensure that all Internet traffic is treated equally and fairly. Through government regulation, wireless carriers and Internet service providers (ISPs) are prohibited from throttling or blocking online content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices. They also cannot charge a fee to prioritize certain traffic, creating a so-called fast lane on the Internet, with tolls.
Supporters of the 2015 net neutrality order say those rules ensure broadband providers don't abuse their power as gatekeepers to the internet by discriminating against competitors offering similar digital content and services.
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