Net neutrality seems to be coming to an end on December 14th, unless something else magical happens that changes the situation.
Ajit Pai, who is currently the chairman of the FCC(Federal Communications Commission), has said that he plans to repeal the rules which were set to keep the internet open and fair.
“Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet,” Pai said. “Instead, the FCC would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices.”
The current net neutrality rules, which passed in 2015, prevent ISP’s like AT&T and Comcast from speeding up or slowing down traffic from websites and apps.
Pai’s new proposal would do just the opposite of that. It would get rid of the rules that prohibit ISP’s from blocking or slowing down speeds to online content and services. It would get rid of rule which currently prevents ISP’s from prioritizing their own content and the content of third-party services that they have deals with.
The idea by Pai garnished love from the telecommunications trade groups, but the beef is on with the tech industry and the consumer advocacy groups.
The Internet Association, a trade group that represents Facebook, Google and Amazon, described the proposal as “the end of net neutrality as we know it.”
“This proposal undoes nearly two decades of bipartisan agreement on baseline net neutrality principles that protect Americans’ ability to access the entire internet,” Michael Beckerman, president and CEO of the Internet Association, said.
The worst news is that the FCC is said to vote on the repeal at their monthly hearing on December 14 and it is expected that they will approve it. If this happens, then the issue would most likely be taken to court.
We will have to wait until December 14th to fully see what happens on the net neutrality issue, but so far, it isn’t looking good.