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FCC inches towards repeal of net neutrality

By WILLIAM MALVEAUX

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Petition advertisement, released by change.org, for those signing a petition to save net neutrality.

Net neutrality is the rule established under the Obama administration that states that no internet service provider may speed up or slow down connections to certain websites based on bias or potential profit. Since the election of President Donald J. Trump, the Federal Communications Commission, or FCC for short, has been under the control of the Republican party, and has set the stage to repeal net neutrality.

Ajit Pai, the current FCC chairman, is spearheading the talks of repeal. He argues that the Federal Trade Commission is able to protect consumers from internet service providers and feels that the repeal is a way in which he may “restore internet freedom,” his office shared in a public statement.

Though there are creeping dark clouds approaching, a recent case between AT&T and the Federal Trade Commission may prove or disprove his claim. The case has to deal with AT&T slowing the data of unlimited users to discourage excess use of the service. If the FTC is able to handle the situation successfully, then Pai’s claims may have weight. However, if AT&T wins the case, then the FCC’s plan may crumble, and net neutrality’s worth may be shown.

The issue is that Pai and his team do not wish to wait for the case’s conclusion and despite strong public support for net neutrality, the FCC will commence the vote on the issue without delay, and on Dec. 14 they are expected to repeal net neutrality. What the internet will look like after this will only be shown by time.

 

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