FCC Moves Forward with Controversial Net Neutrality Plan
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 today in favor of advancing Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed net neutrality rules. The rules will allow for the creation of an internet fast lane by permitting broadband providers to charge content creators for prioritized traffic. The vote, which fell along party lines, seemingly ignored the initial feedback of the U.S. public and hundreds of corporations. FCC chief Wheeler insists the agency will only allow "commercially reasonable" paid prioritization agreements, and has a "multifaceted dispute resolution process" in place to resolve disputes. It further insists consumers will get the broadband service for which they paid, and won't be harmed by any such agreements. With today's advancement of the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the rules will be published and the public will have time to comment on them over the next few months. It is possible the FCC will take into consideration comments submitted by the public and alter the proposed rules before making them official policy.
Jun 11, 2018
American consumers are no longer protected by the net neutrality regulations put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration. The rules were voted down by the Republican-led FCC in December 2017 and effectively evaporate today.
May 16, 2018
Democrats in the Senate forced a vote on net neutrality today and walked away victorious. Members of the Senate voted 52-47 to retain the net neutrality regulations put in place by the Obama administration that were later nixed by the FCC.
Dec 14, 2017
The FCC today voted on party lines to repeal the Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The vote was led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who was supported by his fellow Republican Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O'Reilly.
Jan 24, 2018
AT&T today claimed in full-page newspaper advertisements published around the country that it wants Congress to take charge of net neutrality. The company suggests an "internet bill of rights" is in order.
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