Net neutrality rules aren’t dead yet, as supporters in the state have expressed plans to continue fighting for it.
In December 2017, the FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai carried out a vote to repeal net neutrality. And this was scheduled to take effect on April 23, 2018.
What does this mean? Internet service providers (ISPs) will no longer fall under government regulation.
Net neutrality was anything but neutral. This idea was put in place to prevent Internet Service providers (ISPs) from interfering with information transmitted to the consumer and to make sure the internet is open and free to all.
What’s The Aim of This Repeal?
According to the FCC, this will help to get rid of the rule barring internet providers from prioritizing content of their own and over others. They have also set out plans to end the regulations prohibiting these providers from obstructing access to specific content.
Why Were Net Neutrality Rules Introduced In The First Place?
These rules were put in place by the Obama administration in 2015 was due to observations that broadband providers used their technological capabilities and economic gains to abuse their positions.
The formal chairman of the FCC- Tom Wheeler said that this measure was taken to prevent this issue.
But Ajit Pai voted against this rule in 2015 with the opinion that it was unnecessary, and a burden to ISPs.
The Uncertainty About This Repeal
On the other hand, no one knows what’s going to happen next. As the repeal has resulted in substantial protests by US tech industries, companies, and advocacy group consumers.
These protests are increasing in number. The senator democrat is combining efforts to pass a measure that will help to bring back net neutrality. This has to first pass through a hard battle to gain the support of House and US President.
Loss Of Net Neutrality
The big fear about this repeal is that this may result in an unregulated internet. ISPs (internet service providers) may demand fees from sites to deliver full speed.
They may also impose extra charges to consumers that visit certain websites on regular basis. Also, this fear is also well-founded in other countries where net neutrality laws are rarely enforced.
However, the end of net neutrality does not give ISPs the freedom to lay out outrageous charges. And since the creation of net neutrality was not for these motives, therefore it won’t result in any exploitation from ISPs once its shut-down.
Impact Of this Repeal Outside USA
The most significant concern is that this can also result in similar activities in other countries. As this impact will be unfavorable to those, who are digitally penniless, with poor access to knowledge and information.
Taking the global scope into consideration, the UN strongly recognized that internet access could help to address inequality. They believe it is a great way to meet their sustainable development goals and improve the lives of millions.
Hence, it would also be preferable if net neutrality rules gain support from the national government in many parts of the world.
Overall, the fight is not over yet as the office of management and Budget must first approve the rule.