The FCC, Net Neutrality, and an Open Internet

On December 14, 2017 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to repeal the Net Neutrality Rules of 2015 put in place by the Obama administration. It is an almost forgone conclusion that the repeal vote will succeed as there are two republicans along with the head of the FCC, Mr. Ajit Pai, that will vote to repeal the law. This gives them a majority of the five-person committee.

First of all, what is ‘net neutrality’? It is a set of rules that basically make all traffic on the internet equal. It ensures that all content passed over the internet will be treated the same way no matter who the provider is for the network service and more importantly, how much bandwidth they are using. In other words, Comcast cannot charge Netflix more money for use of their pipe simply because they use a lot of bandwidth. It also means that Comcast cannot throttle bandwidth for anyone because they feel that their usage is excessive.

Advocates of the repeal believe that ‘net neutrality’ has ham stringed the big carriers and kept newer technologies from being implemented because of the costs involved. If the providers could charge more on a usage basis then they would take the extra earnings and build a more efficient and robust internet. This would ultimately raise prices on some services that use a great deal of bandwidth.

In addition, the large carriers believe that competition between providers will keep the costs down and in many cases the services will be lowered. This last point is somewhat dubious in as much as there are several areas of the country that have only one provider. The end user is at the mercy of that provider and can only hope that whoever the provider is will be fair, honest, and transparent.

There are arguments for both sides of this issue but ultimately it is the end user, you and I who may end up paying a heavy price for repeal of ‘net neutrality’. There seems to be very little middle ground in the debate and it is the hope of all internet users that the large providers treat them in a fair and open manner.

The FCC is Proposing Controversial Plan to End Net Neutrality

The net neutrality concept says that internet providers should treat all data on the internet the same and not limit or block certain content or sites. Major companies have been fined for blocking or slowing content from certain sites. This could all change very soon.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is making a controversial decision to end net neutrality protections with a planned vote on December 14. The vote is expected to pass, but the measure could be halted in court because it lacks evidence for such a drastic change in policy. The Supreme Court states that all federal agencies must make a good case for any such extreme actions. The rules were put into place in 2015 under the previous administration and the FCC says that these rules have decreased investment in the internet. This statement appears to be inaccurate because data shows that investment in the internet has increased in recent years.

The vast majority of Americans seem to support net neutrality and are against the changes by the FCC. The FCC also plans on preventing governments from regulating broadband service. Many experts feel these changes will create legal challenges. It is unclear exactly why the FCC is taking these controversial actions since they don’t have data or public support on their side. On the surface, this appears to be continued movement of rollbacks of the previous administrations policies. The original net neutrality policy dates back to 2005 and existed under former presidents Bush and Obama. Once the proposed changes go into effect, it could take a very long time to come to a resolution as it goes through the court system and could eventually end up in the United States Supreme Court. Unfortunately, once the FCC vote passes on December 14, the public may soon start feeling the effects of the changes.

The FCC Wants To End Net Neutrality But The Courts May Intervene

Recently, the FCC has given notice that it will do away with Net Neutrality in an upcoming vote. Most people in the country are not very tech literate, so the fact of this vote is floating under the radar. Those people who are knowledgeable about such things see this as an alarming occurrence.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has stated that he plans to get rid of the protections that net neutrality provide. He has intimated that doing so would allow the free market to govern the growth and prosperity of the internet and that this move by the FCC is a good thing. In actuality, this move could prove to be disastrous to general public.

Net Neutrality affords the general public a number of protections. The basic tenet of net neutrality is that ISP’s should treat all internet traffic equally. This means that they should not throttle or block specific on purpose or allow companies to pay for special treatment and faster speeds.

This could be very detrimental to consumers companies transfer their increased cost to use the internet to their customers. Services such as Spotify, Netflix, Pandora, and others could see a sharp increase in price for end users without the protections that net neutrality provide.

As of now, the votes are there to end net neutrality. The measure would pass 3-2. The is hope, however, to block this potential calamity. The court has stated in matters, such as these, that agencies must provide satisfactory reasoning behind the decisions that they make. In the case of net neutrality, Pai’s reasoning is far from satisfactory. That fact, coupled with the public’s overwhelming support of net neutrality, will more than likely find that the Court would oppose the elimination of net neutrality on legal grounds. The possibility of losing net neutrality may be disturbing, but it is far from a certainty.

The Evolution of Net Neutrality and How Changes in FCC Policy May Affect You

The concept of a free Internet is experiencing growing pains. On Wednesday, Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, decided to address the issue of net neutrality.

Net neutrality states that Internet Service Providers are required to allow access to all content and areas of the Internet without discrimination. How does it affect the everyday user? Before the regulation was put into place ISPs could have an impact on download times for services that were in direct competition with their company. It also gave them liberties in showing preference to affiliates. The protocols created in 2015 stopped this.

So on April 26th, 2017, Pai decided to repeal the stringent regulations of net neutrality. After accepting the position of chairperson by President Trump three months ago, Pai decided to overturn existing policies supported by Obama. Pai stated this is an intrusion upon the free internet, and current rules need to be revised.

The FCC found inspiration for this policy from the Title II of Communications Act of 1934. That’s right; they created a strategy based on some rules concocted over 80 years ago. Such a loophole allowed the FCC to classified ISPs as utilities allowing them to govern “industry” regulations as they would over an electric company.

Many people are divided evenly down the middle in regards to opposing or supporting net neutrality as is evident by comments found on Reddit . Content providers such as Google and Apple support net neutrality. They feel individuals paying for internet services deserve equal access and should not have their experience be limited to or by ISP decisions. Those directly affected, broadband companies such as Comcast and Verizon, stand against this proposal stating that the regulations are too stiff and that it will affect future innovations and investments. They support the open internet but feel that the rules are too stringent.

Pai is standing firm in his belief in reevaluating current policies. The FCC will be voting on new changes towards the end of May after allowing the public to voice its concerns and opinions. This decision will influence future changes the FCC incorporates into existing regulations. The final decision is still up in the air.

The Fight For Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality has been in discussion for the longest time now. There are currently efforts to put it to an end. However, there are a lot of efforts from others to preserve it. One of the things that people are afraid of with the end of net neutrality is that certain service providers are going to use their new freedom to decide who is going to be successful and who is going to be a failure. This is one very scary idea that people are going to have to face with net neutrality.

Among the people that are fighting against the end of net neutrality are the people who are working on their startups. One thing that the internet has allowed for is to be able to make a lot of money with their business. However, the end of net neutrality could cause companies to make less money and even close down because of the slower services given to the company. However, net neutrality is going to be the issue that is going to be discussed for a while. People are going to be fighting really hard to make sure that the internet is given a lot of fairness so that people can continue to operate it in a safe manner.

One of the ways that people could reach the right people to talk to about net neutrality is to call a number and leave a message on the line. This shows how serious people are. Since the government is getting ready to bring forth the fight against net neutrality, it is important for people to make sure that they are heard. As more people voice their concerns about this initiative, the government will more likely listen to their concerns and at least think up a solution that is going to be helpful for them. One thing that is certain is that service providers have brought forth a lot of changes to the internet which improved things for users.

Chairman Pai Prepares to Dismantle Net Neutrality in America

Remember, back in 2014, when the internet went crazy over net neutrality? The FCC website received so many comments that it crashed. In the end, net neutrality regulations passed, and the internet breathed a sigh of relief. Well, it’s almost exactly two years later and, thanks to new FCC chairman Ajit Pai, the internet is starting to worry again.

 

Back when he was an FCC commissioner, Pai voted against net neutrality, and on Tuesday, during his speech at the Mobile World Congress, Pai confirmed that he sees rolling back the regulations as a priority. Calling them a ‘mistake’, he claimed they had led to a decline in broadband investment.

 

Net neutrality is the principle that all data on the internet should be treated equally. Supporters argue that, without its protections, internet service providers would restrict access to certain websites. From a consumer perspective, you could end up with a situation where you buy a basic package that allows you to access, say, YouTube but have to pay more if you want to access other sites. Smaller websites would be unable to compete, stifling innovation and free speech, and consumers would end up paying more for less.

 

But Pai sees the regulations as bad for telecommunication companies and, therefore, bad for consumers. He has argued that, without the fees companies could charge if net neutrality was reversed, they have less to invest in much-needed infrastructure. In his speech, he cited data from industry lobbyists USTelecom that showed a decline in infrastructure investment since net neutrality was passed.

 

However, public data