Trump’s FCC Repeals Net Neutrality Rules To Give Corporations Control Of The Internet
UPDATE: Attorney generals from New York, Washington State, Oregon, Illinois, Iowa, and Massachusetts are filing lawsuits against the FCC to stop its repeal of net neutrality, reports Ars Technica.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 3-2 along party lines to end net neutrality rules, and effectively give control of the public internet to private corporations.
Under net neutrality, broadband providers had to treat all websites and content equally without favor, and were not allowed to charge more for specific web site content or higher-quality services, notes The New York Times.
Thanks to the Republican vote, led by FCC chairman Ajit Pai, the federal government will no longer regulate high-speed internet like a utility. The internet will now be under the for-profit control of broadband providers.
Pai claimed that broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast could offer people a wider variety of service options (which they already receive):
We are helping consumers and promoting competition. Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks, especially to underserved areas.
Pai previously reduced a low-income broadband federal program that is supposed to help underserved areas.
There have been hundreds of protests against repealing net neutrality across the U.S. Lawsuits are expected to be filed to block the FCC change on net neutrality.