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Net Neutrality Repeal

Net Neutrality Repeal Likely to Come Next Month in the US

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November 21, 2017

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States has scheduled a net neutrality repeal vote for next month. The rules, which were first implemented during the Obama administration, are likely to be rolled back through an order called Restoring Internet Freedom, which will come for a vote on Dec. 14.

Implemented two years ago, Net Neutrality forbids internet providers from blocking or throttling specific web pages or from giving preferential treatment to particular sites.

Assuming the new rules pass, internet service providers will once again be classified as “information service” providers, which they were called between 1996 and 2015. In doing so, providers could eventually make some content arrive more quickly as others.

As noted in the proposed order:

For almost twenty years, the Internet thrived under the light-touch regulatory approach established by President Clinton and a Republican Congress. This bipartisan framework led the private sector to invest $1.5 trillion building communications networks throughout the United States. And it gave us an Internet economy that became the envy of the world.

Apple and other technology companies are against repealing the net neutrality rules, while many of the latest ISPs are for the relaxing of the rules.

The FCC is likely to vote for the repeal since President Donald Trump appointees now control the board.

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