Tuesday, 12 December, 2017

Verizon Protests - Pai-Led Massive Vote To Dismantle The Net Neutrality Protections

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Preston Stone | 07 December, 2017, 05:23

Columbia University Law professor Tim Wu, who is credited with first coining the term "net neutrality" in 2003, said it wasn't too surprising the debate was having a minimal impact on consumers' views of large internet service providers. Without some unexpected change, the principle of an equal internet is likely in its final days.

This is not the first time issues related to net neutrality have arisen.

Repealing net neutrality, however, would give ISPs the ability to determine not only what information users could see but how quickly they can see it. Fifty-five percent of Democrats support the regulations, as do 53 percent of Republicans.

Net neutrality already distinguishes between broadband service (what you and I have in our homes) and nonbroadband service, to allow for medical services to operate at necessarily faster speeds.

"If the FCC votes to gut these protections it will explicitly allow Internet providers to charge extra fees that amount to a tax on the entire creative economy". Tech giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook have all made strong statements on the serious dangers of the FCC's upcoming ruling, and an open letter from "more than 1,000 startups, innovators, investors, and entrepreneurial support organizations from all 50 states" has been sent to the FCC requesting that they protect net neutrality.

"At the center of the debate is whether telecom companies like AT&T and Verizon should be able to charge internet sites for delivering their data to consumers' homes", reported The New York Times.

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Of the two ways the vote could be stopped-the first being one of three FCC board members votes no, the second being the vote is blocked by the US Senate- Shasserre said the latter is more likely.

"I think what's going to happen is the FCC will go ahead and eliminate Net Neutrality and we will be in this different world", said Hricik.

He added that at least one million more comments came from real people whose identities were stolen.

While disheartening, this is far from surprising.

It also helps rural Americans gain access to high speed internet. The future of the internet and free information is now being sold to the highest bidder.

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