FCC Votes To End Net Neutrality

Despite over-hyped concerns, the vote simply returns FCC internet regulations to pre-2015 conditions.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to end the so-called “Open Internet Order.”

The eliminated regulations were widely known as “Net Neutrality,” and were subject to a large campaign to save them.

However, the campaign became untethered from reality, with widespread fears spread about a massive change to the internet.

Instead, all the vote does is return internet regulations to conditions that prevailed before 2015.

Here’s what FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said after the vote:

“The internet is the greatest free-market innovation in history. If our rules deter a massive infrastructure investment that we need, eventually we will pay the price in terms of less innovation. … It is time for us to restore internet freedom.”

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly also sought to bring a sense of perspective back to the discussion:

“For those of you out there who are fearful about what tomorrow will bring, take a deep breath; this decision will not break the internet. While repealing net neutrality rules grabs headlines, net neutrality started as a consumer issue but soon became a stepping stone to impose vastly more common carrier regulation on broadband companies.”

The internet worked fine prior to 2015, and it’s highly unlikely that repealing net neutrality rules will change that.

Spencer Fernando

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  1. I cant believe you side with this and think this wont be a problem ? We are in a different era now , You yourself is being blocked by Government ectt
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    What would happen if we lost Net Neutrality?

    The internet without Net Neutrality isn’t really the internet. Unlike the open internet that has paved the way for so much innovation and given a platform to people who have historically been shut out, it would become a closed-down network where cable and phone companies call the shots and decide which websites, content or applications succeed.

    This would have an enormous impact. Companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to decide who is heard and who isn’t. They’d be able to block websites or content they don’t like or applications that compete with their own offerings.

    The consequences would be particularly devastating for marginalized communities media outlets have misrepresented or failed to serve. People of color, the LGBTQ community, indigenous peoples and religious minorities in the United States rely on the open internet to organize, access economic and educational opportunities, and fight back against systemic discrimination.
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    1. “This would have an enormous impact. Companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to decide who is heard and who isn’t. They’d be able to block websites or content they don’t like or applications that compete with their own offerings.”

      You mean, like the way YouTube, Facebook and Twitter are doing right now to conservatives? I would rather have the free market decide the future of the internet, than a socialist government hell-bent on centralizing power.

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