USA agency votes to roll back broadband 'neutrality' rules


How you use the internet and what you pay for speed and some say maybe even your favorite content - is up for debate again.

With the 2-1 vote, the FCC can begin to take public feedback on its proposal, which could be revised and put to a final vote later this year.

Big web companies like Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc and others back net neutrality rules, saying they guarantee equal access to the internet.

In the letter released late on Sunday by advocacy group Public Knowledge, the Oscar-winning filmmaker said the internet was designed so it would not be dominated by giant corporations.

The 2015 rule, Gattuso said, also banned practices that "unreasonably" limit consumer choice, or the ability of content providers such as Google or Netflix to make their offerings available to consumers. They aren't allowed to, for instance, slow access on certain websites or apps over paid prioritization.

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Well, now there is a new Administration and several new FCC members, including the chairman. The vote doesn't end net neutrality today, but it does pave the way for that to happen three months from now.

"Chairman Pai and his colleagues at the FCC have demonstrated leadership by jump-starting the process of rolling back these so-called net neutrality rules", Needham said.

Led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, members of the federal agency voted 2-1 to pass the proposal to roll back the Obama government's 2015-decision that was created to regulate Internet service providers (ISPs) more heavily, with the help of some of the same rules that apply to phone companies. "There will probably be a lawsuit if the rules are changed".

Meanwhile, one member of the FCC (who favors net neutrality) wrote Thursday that new FCC members are suggesting the same old trickle down economic theory that if we just "remove enough rules that internet providers will automatically improve service and give us more savings".