Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

What An FCC Rollback Of Net Neutrality May Mean For You

What An FCC Rollback Of Net Neutrality May Mean For You

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is expected to reveal his plans for net neutrality this week.

Chairman Pai had said earlier this year that the 2015 net neutrality rules were a burden to businesses and innovation.

The FCC will vote on the repeal at its monthly hearing December 14.

Pai is among three Republicans on the five-member FCC.

"Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet", Pai said in a statement. "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". Democrats and internet companies said the rules are needed to prevent broadband providers from favoring their business partners' offerings, or their own video and other content.

"This proposal undoes almost two decades of bipartisan agreement on baseline net neutrality principles that protect Americans' ability to access the entire internet", Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Association, said in a statement. On Tuesday, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., praised Pai's effort but renewed his call for a bipartisan compromise on net neutrality, saying it was the only way to "create long-term certainty for the Internet ecosystem".

The new regulations will more business-friendly, giving ISPs more leeway in their business practices than the Wheeler-championed rules against prioritizing some content over other content, possibly for payment.

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The proposal would also shift some enforcement responsibility to the Federal Trade Commission, which can sue companies for violating the commitments or statements they have made to the public. In 2015, the FCC approved a set of regulations on those companies, known as internet service providers.

Internet providers welcomed Tuesday's FCC announcement.

"You need only look to how privacy policies from websites allow essentially any and all bad behavior", Wood said, "so long as it is disclosed to users".

Thanks to the repeal of net neutrality, the average internet user is likely to see their broadband access become more expensive, with their browsing experience likely slowing.

Net neutrality is the principle that internet providers treat all web traffic equally, and it's essentially how the internet has worked since its inception.

Comcast said no matter what the FCC decided it would "not block, throttle, or discriminate against lawful content". It received millions of comments during a review period, with the majority supporting the current protections. "When they're done, what will remain of consumer protection on the Internet will be nothing more than a carcass".

The new FCC may not be a fan of net neutrality rules, but Pai is expecting to face strong fight from the public.

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