What you need to know about the Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming vote on net neutrality
Posted On July 18, 2021
It’s not just Comcast and AT&T that are getting in on the action.
The Federal Communications Agency (FCC) will be voting on Thursday on whether to preempt the FCC’s recent net neutrality rules that ban internet providers from discriminating against websites, apps, and services, and whether to roll back the net neutrality protections enacted in 2015.
The FCC has proposed repealing the net privacy rules, which were finalized in 2015 by then-Chairman Ajit Pai.
If the FCC adopts the rules, it will mean ISPs like Comcast and Verizon would have to treat all websites and services equally.
The net neutrality debate in the United States is a hot topic, with major companies like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon all coming out in support of the FCC ruling, which has been a major factor in the debate.
“The FCC’s action today is not only an important step forward in protecting net neutrality and preserving the open internet, but it also signals the FCC is willing to continue its aggressive work to protect consumers and the Internet,” said FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was a vocal critic of net neutrality, and his comments have made him a polarizing figure among net neutrality advocates, who argue the FCC should have taken a more hands-off approach.
Pai is a member of the Republican Party, and he supports repeal of the net law, which was put in place by then President Obama in 2015 under the Obama Administration.
Pai says he opposes net neutrality because he doesn’t think it’s “fair” for consumers to have to pay extra for fast, fast, or slow internet service.
Pai also believes that ISPs should be allowed to throttle websites and apps.
Pleasantville, Pennsylvania-based ISP DSLReports has been in the net net neutrality business for more than 20 years, and has been the industry leader for nearly 20 years.
The company said that it’s already seen the net rollback coming and is working on its best strategy to survive.
“Our goal is to be the next big thing for the Internet, and we’re working with the FCC to keep us ahead of the curve on the latest trends in the technology, so that we can stay ahead of our competitors,” said DSLReports CEO Matt Dolan.
In an interview with The Verge , DSLReports co-founder Andrew Futterman said the company’s business is about bringing the internet to more people.
For Futtermen, the Internet is just the tip of the iceberg.
He said he sees the Internet becoming increasingly a utility, and that broadband and wireless will be used to access content and services like Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Go.
“[The FCC is] the FCC that we use to get the best broadband for us and get the fastest broadband for our customers,” Futtermans said.
Dolan agreed, and pointed out that the FCC has been able to make progress in eliminating or rolling back the regulations for ISPs.
“I think this is going to be a major victory for the industry,” he said.
“I think we’re going to see a lot more people going to the Internet and having the most efficient Internet experience and access.
This is the beginning of a new era for the internet.”