The Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to repeal Obama-era internet-service provider regulations. The rules dictated how ISP companies could treat traffic on their networks. This move will allow for cable and wireless companies to give preferential treatment to some websites and services.
The Net Neutrality rules that were set in place during the Obama administration required internet-service providers to treat all traffic equally and not slow or block content. In a world where Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon own more content subsidiaries, today's ruling sets up a potential anticompetitive nightmare where users may have to pay extra to stream Netflix or access online gaming services.
Today's news is a gut punch to most Internet users. Shacknews joined Net Neutrality movements from across the Internet, but many of our efforts were ignored by the FCC because of allegedly fake user comments. Sadly, it is not much of a surprise that an FCC run by a former ISP lobbyist would act in such a disgraceful manner against the will of the people.
The fight isn't over, Shackers. According to the ACLU, "The fight now shifts to Congress, where pro-network neutrality members will press to use something called the Congressional Review Act to undo this hasty and misguided action. The CRA is a relatively new tool that allows Congress to reverse regulatory actions within 60 legislative days of their enactment."
You can still reach out to Congress to use the CRA to reverse this terrible FCC decision.
You can support groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, ACLU and Free Press who are fighting to keep Net Neutrality:
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
This site, built by the EFF is a low transaction cost tool for writing all your reps in one fell swoop.