Net Neutrality is dead, but politicians have begun resuscitation efforts

James Marshall
December 16, 2017

While the FCC did vote today to repeal Net Neutrality, it won't be effecting people immediately. The FCC's vote to end net neutrality is an egregious attack on our democracy.

The Internet Association, a DC-based trade body representing Google, Facebook and other IT companies, said the rollback was a "departure from more than a decade of broad, bipartisan consensus on the rules governing the internet" and that it was weighing legal options in a lawsuit.

"The FCC's vote to rip apart net neutrality is a blow to NY consumers and to everyone who cares about a free and open Internet", Schneiderman said in a statement on his office's official site. "Today, I am announcing my intention to file a legal challenge to the FCC's decision to roll back net neutrality, along with attorneys general across the country".

After a meeting voting to end net neutrality, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai answers a question from a reporter in Washington on Thursday. "That's a threat to the free exchange of ideas that's made the Internet a valuable asset in our democratic process".

After the FCC released its plan in late November, well-known telecom and media analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson wrote in a note to investors that the FCC plan dismantles "virtually all of the important tenets of net neutrality itself". Chairman Pai explained that repealing the rules will lead to a "better, faster, cheaper internet", freeing internet service providers from being micromanaged by bureaucrats. The rules and regulations pertaining to it must be placed in the federal register and will likely occur at the top of the new year.

Net neutrality is not history in the United States, not yet. "Because the public can plainly see a soon-to-be-toothless FCC is handing the keys to the Internet to a handful of multi-billion dollar corporations". "If the FCC is going to destroy net neutrality and create a system that favors certain websites just because they can pay more money, California must step in and ensure open internet access". That's why open-internet advocates and millions of internet users and activists will do everything to restore it in the near term and over the long haul.

After topping off at $0.49 earlier today, Substratum dipped back down to $0.40. "If we don't have net neutrality protections that enforce tenets of fairness online, you give internet service providers the ability to choose winners and losers", Steve Huffman, chief executive of Reddit, said in an interview.

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