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The FCC has voted in favour of eliminating net neutrality

Around two years ago, former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler made the decision to put new ‘net neutrality’ rules into place. This essentially meant that Internet would be treated as a utility, meaning companies like Time Warner couldn’t throttle your connection based on what sites and services you were using. Unfortunately, the FCC’s new Chairman, Ajit Pai, has a dimmer view of net neutrality and this week, the FCC voted to do away with it.

The FCC’s vote to begin voiding net neutrality passed 2-1 this week, chairman Ajit Pai stating that “the internet was not broken in 2015”. According to Pai, net neutrality rules place a burden on all ISPs and ultimately slow growth and expansion of networks.

Net neutrality essentially stops iSPs from ‘double dipping’ with internet fast lanes. Image Credit: iStock 

Net neutrality remains in place for the time being, so there won’t be any ‘internet fast lane’ charges popping up in the immediate future. However, this week’s vote has gotten the ball rolling. For now, there is an ‘open commenting period’ where members of the public and companies with vested interests can send their opinions to the FCC in regards to this net neutrality vote.

Once the commenting period is over, the FCC will present its final proposal for the future of net neutrality. This proposal is supposed to take everyone’s opinion into consideration.

For a quick refresher on what the net neutrality argument is all about, you can read our previous explainer piece, HERE.

KitGuru Says: Net neutrality coming into effect in the US two years ago was a big win at the time but there also appeared to be a much bigger push for it all around. Maybe I’ve been out of touch but the outcry doesn’t seem to have been nearly as big this time around. How do you guys feel about the FCC’s plan to take down net neutrality?

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  • Alex Ray

    thanks don, glad to see you’re still looking out for the little guy; like those coal miners who will loose their health insurance under your trump plan.

  • Rocky40

    Yea I guess money talks when deals are made in the back rooms and the greedy hands are greased and votes bought. I feel sorry for the people in the USA and how the ISP’s will take advantage of this with their customers and how companies such as Netflix and others will be forced to pay more which in turn drives up prices for the end users as well. Yep these people that voted it out I am 100% sure got their hands greased with lots of cash in the back rooms.

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  • Zombie

    Most people that are aware of it want net neutrality.
    The fact that the FCC skullfks that basically means that don’t give a sht about us.

  • Alex Ray

    key word there is people. trump administration cares about corporations and their money though, and for the most part ISP want it gone.

  • cpc464freak

    Mr Pai needs firing, he no longer represents the people who pay for his job.

  • AMDerpIDIA

    He is not supposed to represent the people. He represents Drumpfs billionaire friends and is going to make them Even richer. This is what americans voted for. Ordinary americans have themselves to blame.