The Federal Communications Commission unveiled plans to repeal 2015 Obama-era landmark rules that prohibited internet service providers from impeding consumer access to web content.
FCC chief Ajit Pai rolled out a plan to dismantle the landmark net neutrality policy. The move is expected to largely leave the industry to police itself.
The action also marks a victory for big internet service providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc that opposed the rules and gives them sweeping powers to decide what web content consumers can get and at what price.
The commission is now set to vote at a Dec. 14 meeting on his plan.
According to Pai, rules that govern telecommunications, cable and broadcasting companies are harmful to business and this move is the most forceful action in his race to roll them up.
“Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet. Instead, the F.C.C. would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them,” he said in a statement.
Pai first proposed the plan in May and since then, the department received more than 22 million comments from public
Net neutrality rules were intended to ensure an open internet. Internet service providers and governments regulating the internet should treat all data on the internet the same, and not discriminate or charge differentially by user, content, website, platform, application, etc.
As Pai and the department are on track to make the internet a very different place, people took to Twitter to express outrage.
Let me explain net neutrality in the most horrific way:— Tom Nikl ?? (@Tom_Nikl) November 21, 2017
if FCC dismantles it, and you get internet from Verizon, they may force you to use YAHOO as your search engine (because they own it), but PAY to use GOOGLE.
Would you like that? If not, you SUPPORT #NetNeutrality.
Spread the word of #NetNeutrality— Dwayne & Jasmine (@_dwaynenjazz) November 22, 2017
The FCC wants to CHARGE YOU MONEY to access websites and online services like YouTube, Steam and even Google!!!
We cannot let this happen. We need to fight back! Make your voices heard and let them know we won't stand for this!!!
In Portugal, with no net neutrality, internet providers are starting to split the net into packages. pic.twitter.com/TlLYGezmv6— Ro Khanna (@RoKhanna) October 27, 2017
Just a friendly reminder that 55% of Americans only have one option for a broadband internet provider.— Quincy Larson (@ossia) November 22, 2017
Free market competition doesn't work when there is no competition.
That's why we need the 3 basic rules of #NetNeutrality: no blocking, no throttling, no paid prioritization.
Once again, the Trump administration sides with big money and against democracy. If this passes, the internet and its free exchange of information as we have come to know it will cease to exist. #NetNeutrality https://t.co/1oKLkWOpYn— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) November 21, 2017
It’s not #NetNeutrality. It’s #DigitalFreedom. Ajit Pai and @realDonaldTrump want to allow their sleazy crony telecom friends to steal your online freedom. They want you to trust the “we’ll be there between 10 and 6” telecoms. Don’t let them. #GoFCCyourself— Brett Erlich (@bretterlich) November 22, 2017
Spotlight/Banner: Reuters, Eric Gaillard