FCC vote kicks off a battle over regulation of the internet

FCC vote kicks off a battle over regulation of the internet

The FCC has a proposal on the table from its chairman, Ajit Pai, entitled "Restoring Internet Freedom". Clyburn said that no "credible analysis" supports that argument and said the FCC plan fails to consider "what entrepreneurs invest in their Internet business, what risk venture capitalists plow into the Internet and telecom market, and what consumers pay for, and how they use, all of these services to create economic value". Senator Maggie Hassan, of New Hampshire, said she will "continue fighting" and Senator Kamala Harris, of California, said she will "fight to protect the net neutrality rules".

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday voted to start rolling back the controversial net neutrality rules, highlighting an uphill battle for Democrats as well as consumer advocates.

Asked what the FCC was doing about net neutrality comments issues and improving the site, Pai said following Thursday's meeting that FCC IT people were on it. Reversing net neutrality protections will have far-reaching ramifications. By Friday morning, the docket showed 2,174,196 comments, though some unknown number of those were duplicates (a thousand or so, for example, were the identical pro-Title II comment from a "Yoni Schwartz", who made it into the "top 10 filing names"). After taking public comment for 90 days, the FCC "will follow the facts and law where they take us", Pai said.

The FCC "will not rely on hyperbolic statements about the end of the Internet as we know it, and 140-character argle-bargle, but rather on the data", Pai said. The FCC closed an investigation into whether such zero-rating is harmful last month. The 2015 rules also included a ban on so-called paid prioritization: the idea that Internet providers shouldn't give special treatment to apps and websites that pay extra.

Stocks of major Internet providers rose on May 18.

As with all previous attempts to set net neutrality rules, any final regulations that the FCC adopts under Pai are widely expected to be challenged in court. "Libraries have a lot to lose if net neutrality goes away", says Marshall Breeding, founder of Library Technology Guides and editor of ALA TechSource's Smart Libraries newsletter.

"Today, President Trump's FCC took the first step to dismantle net neutrality", US Rep. "We do not block, throttle or otherwise impair your online activity". The rules were passed at the urging of President Barack Obama, and Democrats say they're needed to prevent unfair treatment of web traffic by companies that control access to homes and smartphones. It also means that your provider could incentivize you to choose certain websites over others (potentially even websites owned by your provider) by making them load much quicker than others. As a result, some wireless telcos were able to offer some services for free, while charging for others. Regardless, a return to classifying broadband as a Title I information service would place meaningful limits on the FCC's authority to impose "common carrier" regulations under existing judicial precedent.