Brief Security Scare Disrupts FCC Vote on Net Neutrality

Frederick Owens
December 16, 2017

In 1996, it was agreed that the internet was an information service and should be classified under the light touch regulation of Title I, not 1934's Title II, but in 2015, instead of implementing "innocuous" Net Neutrality consumer protections, the Obama FCC forced through a major expansion of regulatory state power by reclassifying the internet under Title II.

The effort was spearheaded by FCC chairman Ajit Pai, marking the most controversial act in his short tenure in the role.

Internet service providers keep trying to reassure consumers by saying they won't throttle content.

While Democrats say the repeal will allow internet providers to change how people access content. His office claimed he found more than hundreds of thousands of those comments in New York, Florida, Texas, and California.

In the aftermath of the decision, Schneiderman announced a lawsuit to prevent the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules. "It'll be just as necessary tomorrow as it is today". And so the open internet as we know it could change. That's why we will sue to stop the FCC's illegal rollback of net neutrality.

Some believe the FCC vote could bring Republicans and Democrats together to craft a legislative solution on how to regulate the internet. Without rules prohibiting paid prioritisation, a fast lane could be occupied by big Internet and media companies, as well as affluent households, while everyone else would be left on the slow lane.

The FCC's new rules included a provision that says states can not override the new policies. "This proposal has a great name but seems to do the opposite".

Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-Silicon Valley) said in a statement that she plans on co-writing an amicus brief for anticipated litigation. "If the arc of history is long, we are going to bend this toward a more just outcome".

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Some small-business owners have also been concerned these issues will affect them, worrying that industry giants could pay to get an edge, and leave them on an unfair playing field. "The future of the internet is the future of everything". He once said they were based on "hypothetical harms and hysterical prophecies of doom". Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the FCC would "return the internet to a consumer-driven marketplace free of innovation-stifling regulations".

"Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks, especially to underserved areas", Pai said before the vote took place. "To the contrary, the internet is one thing, perhaps the only thing, in American society that we can all agree has been a stunning success".

Perhaps the repeal won't change the direction of the Internet.

"We should not rest easy", he said. Following the news, however, it immediately began a steady climb upwards, and given the gravity of the FCC's decision, it's likely that we'll see a steady increase in the hours (or days) to come.

And to that end, Lee has introduced a bill looking to cement the current FCC rules into law with his Restoring Internet Freedom Act.

"This is not the end of net neutrality", Comcast executive David L. Cohen said in a blog post.

Esports and gaming would not be the same today if the internet were not free.

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