FCC Is to End Net Neutrality in US: Should We Be Afraid?

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On Tuesday, Trump administration launched its proposal to cancel all existing rules of net neutrality imposed by the US government.

See what Nexter found out about that.

What is net neutrality?

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Net neutrality implies that Internet service providers don’t have an opportunity to speed up access to some websites, getting money from customers for the faster connection.

Those who cannot pay the provider should not be intentionally given a lower rate. The provider also has no right to block such websites.

The rules of net neutrality were adopted in 2015 by the Obama administration. By forbidding providers to charge Web companies, they granted the FCC’s extensive power to control providers.

Now everything will change.

Proposal in a nutshell

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The Federal Communications Commission chairman, Ajit Pai, intends to disable the open protection of the Internet, preventing the regulation of web traffic.

Moreover, Pai seeks to delegate responsibility for Internet traffic matters to another federal agency.

According to FCC’s plan, providers of high-speed Internet services, such as Comcast, Charter, Verizon and AT&T, will be able to block websites they do not like and charge customers for speeding up the connection.

“Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet,” stated Pai. He insists on voting on December 14. The outcome is clear right: 3 out of 5 FCC members are “republicans”.

Consequences

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On the one hand, now providers can block, speed up or slow down their websites. Experts believe this step towards deregulation will bring even more power to such telecoms giants as AT&T, Charter, Comcast, and Verizon.

On the other hand, they should provide consumers with more information about their policies. Maybe they prefer their own streaming services or making deals with content producers so that they can upload faster – this is something the customer will need to know about.

The policy of net neutrality has been popular in Silicon Valley as local start-ups were afraid that without net neutrality their projects will not be competitive. Now, it would be harder for them to fight for the place on the market.

Reaction

An American singer and actress, Cher, was mad about new FCC plan to end net neutrality:

The most famous YouTuber (58M subscribers) – Felix Kjellberg – is against new FCC proposal.

Netflixmajor an American entertainment company, supports the opposition:

“Hulk” thinks US is stepping into dangerous territory:

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