Internet Neutrality: What To Expect Next

Updated: Jun 7, 2019

The debate on Net Neutrality first became viral in June of 2014, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) was given the task of developing better regulations after original court rulings on Net Neutrality were struck down. The fight to keep Net Neutrality begin to gain momentum when John Oliver, the host of Last Week Tonight, implored his viewers to flood the FCC with requests to keep the internet a free space; this resulted in hundreds of thousands of comments to be posted, and the FCC’s website crashed. Less than a year later, in February 2015, the supreme court ruled that the internet would be kept free, save for business purposes that would regulate the web in much of the same way the government regulates landline telephones. 

In January of 2017, Ajit Pai was appointed chairman of the FCC, who claimed he had every intention of repealing former US President Barack Obama’s original Net Neutrality ruling, which prevented providers from charging for faster service and allowed equal accessibility for all internet users. A little less than four months after being elected chairman, Pai announced his proposal to repeal Net Neutrality; his proposal would make it so users would have to pay extra for access to certain websites and services that would otherwise be free. This ruling would also make it so that people would not be able to start their own online businesses and would make it so ISPs (Internet Service Providers) could regulate their consumer’s services however they see fit.

Unfortunately now, almost halfway into 2018, it is clear that the vote to ‘kill Net Neutrality’ has passed, and will take effect on June 11, 2018. This meaning that Internet Service Providers will be able to limit access to their users as they please, this would likely mean the end of free and open internet for all users alike. However, there is still time, one final vote must take place next Wednesday, May 16, and there is still a chance the new FCC regulations could still be repealed. It is said that is will be a close vote, the Senate claims they expect the regulations to be repealed by one vote, as a result of Senator John McCain’s absence.

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