What is Net Neutrality?
Net neutrality is the concept that everyone should have equal access to the web. For example, Amazon could not pay extra to have it’s website load faster than say, Ebay. In 2015, there was a decision to reclassify broadband due to a Comcast scandal that accused them of blocking sites and discrimination based on the content of the sites. Well, yesterday the FCC lifted the rules that allowed them to step in if an ISP was accused of shady, paid prioritization or discriminating practices. However, it was still okay to slow down an entire network during peak times.
Yesterday’s vote reverses this decision and as many have already stated, there are mixed opinions of this decision. To quote Commissioner O’Rielly, “The FCC was “railroaded” into adopting Title II after President Obama voiced his support for the move in November 2014.” Chairman Pai agreed, stating, the Title II was adopted “under political pressure” and “on express orders from the previous White House.” However, the ISPs, say they agree on the concept of net neutrality but they just don’t think it should be regulated.
What does this mean for you?
Most people understand that the internet will not change overnight, but do believe that this measure of removing the regulations will effect communities that often only have one or two options for high-speed internet service.
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