Local protest planned for pending FCC vote on net neutrality

No Surprise: FCC To Abandon Net Neutrality Rules

Even in an intensely divided political climate, those in the United States across party lines support undiscriminated internet access.

But the FCC said it will stick to its December 14 plan to repeal the net neutrality rules that prevent Internet Service Providers from throttling or blocking content online, and prohibit ISPs from prioritizing some content over others, possibly for payment.

In perhaps the simplest of terms, net neutrality is described by Allison Shapiro in an article posted on the Daily-Journal's website as "the idea that internet service providers - the largest are Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Charter - must treat all websites equally".

If you haven't heard of the concept of net neutrality or need a basic definition of it, here it is: The networks over which we get our information should not discriminate between one bit of data and another. "Now that's not legal but with the potentially impending repeal they would be able to do that", said James.

This comes as an FCC vote to repeal Obama-era Internet Neutrality, rules possibly comes next week. The FCC is making the argument that current laws prevent companies from growing their networks, said Shasserre, but there will be consequences for consumers if their plan succeeds. Would you be OK with whatever decisions Comcast makes regarding competitive news organizations? "Net Neutrality is essential to our democracy", the open letter said.

Net Neutrality refers to rules placed in 2015 barring internet providers from speeding up or slowing down traffic to certain websites.

A separate study from the Pew Research Center indicated that among the record public comments about net neutrality filed with the FCC over a four-month period, only 6% were unique comments.

According to James, it's hard to see how consumers are benefitted in any way by the repeal of net neutrality. "On top of that, innovation is stifled too".

Are you aware that Verizon owns Yahoo? "People might just let this one go because it can't be as big as the next thing Trump's going to do".

Pai wanted to slow down the FCC back when he was in the minority and he opposed the direction in which the commission was headed.



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