The Fight for Net Neutrality is at hand…

This week the Federal Communications Commission announced that its proposal to repeal net neutrality will “Restore Internet Freedom for all Americans”. They obviously want to remove the reclassification of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) under Title II to make the Federal Trade Commission regulate the ISPs.  Chairman Ajit Pai thinks that the ISPs can regulate themselves under a system that has no competition. That seems preposterous as most people do not have choice in the matter of ISPs.  There are regional monopolies such as Comcast, Spectrum (formerly Time Warner and Charter), Verizon, and American Telephone and Telegraph (AT&T).  What I see with taking out Title II protection is not giving the American citizens more freedom but less freedom. In a FCC document, the FCC has talked about how rural America does not have access to high-speed Internet access. How about the Federal government subsidizes Internet access for American citizens in rural communities. Because the FCC hasn’t done anything to help the people in the rural communities. There are three principles of net neutrality: the prohibitions of blocking, throttling and paid priority for online traffic.  Chairman Pai wants for ISPs to make voluntary commitments for ISPs to not harm competition.  Many consumer interest groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation is against the deregulation of ISPs under Title II. If Chairman Pai is for the free market economics then why is he championing against net neutrality? Net neutrality is based on the free market and for Pai not to support it as a proponent of free market economics is absurd.



Broadband Availability in America (PDF)

Chairman Pai Speech on the Future of Internet Regulation (PDF)

US broadband: Still no ISP choice for many, especially at higher speeds

What Net Neutrality Rules Say


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