Logo

FCC Votes to End ‘Net Neutrality’

Dec 14, 2017  •  Post A Comment

The battle over “net neutrality” has entered a new phase after the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules, the AP reports.

The vote gives “Internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds,” the AP reports. The GOP-controlled panel voted 3-2 to scrap the rule that all Web traffic must be treated equally.

“The move represents a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight,” the AP reports. “The big telecommunications companies had lobbied hard to overturn the rules, contending they are heavy-handed and discourage investment in broadband networks.”

The report quotes Ajit Pai, the Republican FCC chairman, saying: “What is the FCC doing today? Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence.”

The AP adds: “The FCC vote is unlikely to be the last word. Net neutrality supporters threatened legal challenges, with New York’s attorney general vowing to lead a multistate lawsuit. Some Democrats want to overturn the FCC action in Congress.”

2 Comments

  1. they’re a bunch of criminals getting paid off in spite of the public interest …

  2. Oh gee, what a surprise…

    It’s like America is a stolen car that’s being sold off in parts.

Your Comment

Email (will not be published)