- The Federal Communications Commission has approved the rule Thursday.
- Ends with the principle of “neutrality,” which saved the internet as a service to the public of free and equal access.
- puts an end to the regulation that drove Obama in 2014, even if the opponents can appeal the decision .
- How it might affect us, the end of the neutrality of the Internet?
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the united States passed this Thursday, the deletion of the “net neutrality”, the standard driven in 2014 by the then president of the united STATES, Barack Obama, protecting the internet as a public service.
The commission, with a republican majority, approved by three votes in favor and two against -democrats – to end the principle of “network neutrality” championed by Obama and ratified as a standard by the FCC in 2015.
This regulation was preventing the companies from the internet could block or slow-down to your whim any web site, regardless of the type of content in question.
In this way, when it becomes effective, the new standard, providers of the service will be free to block or to reduce the speed of loading websites, with the only subordination of which to make public, as part of the requirement of transparency that it maintains the new rule.
Block or prioritize
The companies will be able to choose whether to block or to give priorities to pages on other, as a means of communication or portals, broadcast of videos, which will revolutionize the business models of the sector and put at risk the freedom of access to the network on equal conditions for consumer platforms and minors, something that affected the two democrat members of the commission.
In a session of vote called to “restore the freedom of the internet”, the commission led by Ajit Pai dismantled the regulation of 2015.
Among the arguments outlined, the director spoke about the need to end with a standard “heavy-handed to damage hypothetical” that did that is stopping the investment in infrastructure on the part of the providers of the internet.
“we’re Not going to kill the internet”, stressed Pai, the reject that the new rule will have any negative effects.
Among the issues approved, he highlighted the change of classification of service of the internet, which happens to be considered “telecommunications” to “information”, your label prior to 2015.
With this move, the FCC reduces its powers in the matter and, therefore, its capacity of regulation on the industry.
The classification of “information” had been, precisely, the cause for which a court of appeal struck down in 2014 the first attempt to ensure the “neutrality of the network” -approved in 2010, which was resorted to by the telecommunications giant Verizon to argue that the commission exceeded its scope of action.
After the decision today, the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be distributed the policies relating to the internet and to the safeguarding of the rights of businesses and consumers.
The vote had to be suspended for “security reasons” when Pai justified the decision, but then resumed, and passed, with protests against the approval of the norm on the outside of the headquarters of the FCC in Washington, on which were posters that warned, “do Not turn the internet into a private highway”.
“Thank God, the FCC does not have the last word,” said the democrat Mignon Clyburn, giving a glimpse of the presentation of a appeal to a court of appeals.
this Is an option which is then confirmed his colleague Jessica Rosenworcel, noting that iran “where are you going to defend the neutrality of the network”.
The FCC was faced with this process among multiple complaints on the part of consumer associations, of the Democratic Party and even some voices republican, who asked to at least postpone the decision and regulation of the internet should be implemented from a law passed in Congress.
The claim to delay the vote, which was also sung yesterday by 19 state attorneys general in the country, was due to the massive record comments on the proposal from the commission, 22 million of which at least two million were made from profiles supplanted, as reported by the New York attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, on the basis of an investigation of his office.
With Pai, elected as director by the president of the united states, Donald Trump, the FCC already opted for lower limits on the concentration of media at the local level, something that was very criticized by the democratic opposition.
December 14, 2017
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