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What the FCC rollback of 'net neutrality' means to you

15 Diciembre 2017, 09:15 | Gerardo Tarin

Your internet bill will likely get more expensive; FCC votes to end net neutrality

US FCC set to reverse net neutrality rules

"The FCC's rushed and technically incorrect proposed Order to abolish net neutrality protections without any replacement is an imminent threat to the Internet we worked so hard to create". Schatz after the FCC's open meeting was over to get his take on the vote and what lies ahead. Remote workers of all kinds, including freelancers and franchisees working in the gig economy, could similarly face higher costs to do their jobs from home.

Signs that those on the left and the right remained split over net neutrality also came Thursday when conservatives weighed in with their reactions. If access to content in the United States is manipulated, it's bound to affect us. What a day this is for the consumer.

"O'Donnell responded to the vote by tweeting the hashtag "#FUCKtheFCC" while Khalifa hurled a personal attack at Pai: "Kill yourself, @AjitPaiFCC. The FCC could have acted in the public interest and delayed the vote, or voted to sustain net neutrality in the public interest.

Getting rid of those net neutrality rules will remove strict government oversight and simply require internet providers to inform the public about their practices.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated that principle as the FCC moved toward its decision.

Eric Schneiderman, New York's state attorney general, announced his state was leading a "multistate lawsuit to stop the rollback of net neutrality". Netflix, which had been vocal in support of the rules in 2015, said in January that weaker net neutrality wouldn't hurt it because it's now too popular with users for broadband providers to interfere. That is absolutely doable, given the number of people who feel passionately about it, and the cross-section of people who feel strongly about it. This isn't just a progressive issue.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said the Obama-era rules threatened "the free and open internet that has done so much to advance modern society". But if the approach adopted by the Commission today stands in the long-term, I fear tremendous harm to the economic, technological, and democratic pillars of our society that now have their foundations in free and open access to the internet.

The organizations behind and Team Internet (Demand Progress, Fight for the Future, and Free Press Action Fund) are announcing a massive Internet-wide campaign to demand that our elected officials in Congress use a Resolution of Disapproval under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the FCC's illegitimate rulemaking. The very internet at stake can be a powerful tool. The rules bar broadband service providers from blocking or slowing access to content, or charging consumers more for certain content. The word "prioritization" here is misleading. They're publishing shallow op-eds aimed at papering over the real fears of Americans that literally anyone can tear down with a moment's thought. "America's broadband providers. will have renewed confidence to make the investments required to strengthen the nation's networks and close the digital divide, especially in rural communities".

Your mobile carrier, for instance, might start offering you terrific deals for signing up to its own video service, just as your YouTube app starts suffering unexpected connection errors.

Above all, the laws need to protect the average consumer of the internet and the small innovators and startups, who should not be squelched by big brother.

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