The FCC votes to overturn net neutrality

The FCC votes to overturn net neutrality

Proponents of net neutrality protest against Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai outside the American Enterprise Institute before his arrival May 5, 2017 in Washington, DC.

The FCC votes to overturn net neutrality

Commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Mignon Clyburn speaks on stage at TechCrunch Disrupt NYC 2017 in New York, New York, USA, 16 May 2017.

The new order "contains a hollow theory of trickle-down Internet economics, suggesting that if we just remove enough regulations from your broadband provider, they will automatically improve your service, pass along discounts from those speculative savings, deploy more infrastructure with haste and treat edge providers fairly," she said.

Comcast and Charter Communications, the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 broadband providers, hailed the FCC's move in statements released after the vote. "We firmly believe that forcing outdated public utility regulation on dynamic internet networks is both misguided and harmful for future expansion, innovation and availability of this important technology," said former FCC Chairman Michael Powell, who is now president and CEO of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, in a statement.

Meanwhile, proponents of the current rules staged a protest outside the FCC pledging to garner public support against their revocation. "The 2015 rules are working, and the internet industry remains opposed to any changes to FCC regulations governing net neutrality," said Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Association, a trade group that includes as members Amazon, Google, Facebook and Netflix. "ISPs should not be able to use their position as gatekeepers to prioritize their own content over others."

Congress could eventually have a say on the issue. At about the same time the FCC was considering the issue, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., called for Congress to pass legislation "to protect the internet."

Thune, who is the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, urged colleagues "to begin bipartisan work on such legislation without any further delay. Innovation and job creation should no longer take a backseat to partisan point-scoring," he said. "It is time for Congress to finally settle this matter."



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