Lawsuits are likely to be filed as a result of yesterday’s vote from the Federal Communications Commission to approve Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan that ends net neutrality protections and allows for the internet to remain free and open.
In 2015 the FCC adopted net neutrality safeguards, preserving the right to communicate freely online and forbidding powerful companies such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to discriminate over applications or content that is carried on their networks.
A former Verizon and Trump appointment, Ajit Pai’s recently FCC approved plan to end net neutrality protections gives ISP’s from broadband providers such as AT&T or Verizon more leverage to block or slow the speed of content viewed over the internet from internet streaming companies like Amazon, Netflix, or YouTube.
Net neutrality doesn’t permit the ISP’s from large broadband companies to shape which applications, content, and websites over the internet will succeed.
By ending net neutrality protections, these large companies holding ISP’s could slow down the speed of their competition from growing companies like Amazon or Netflix while charging more fees, and will have more leverage to block political opinions from websites they don’t support or want to see thrive.
Free speech activists were alarmed and disappointed by yesterday’s decision from the FCC to end net neutrality protections which has the appearance of working against Title II of the Communication Act that was upheld in court in 2015 after designating broadband providers as telecommunication companies and subject to giving internet users the strongest net neutrality protections.
Without net neutrality, ISP’s from broadband providers have greater power to impact the internet’s open and level playing field and block free speech.
Netflix tweeted yesterday that they were disappointed in the decision to gut net neutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity, and civic engagement. Netflix tweeted this is the beginning of a longer legal battle and noted that they stand with innovators, large &small, to oppose this misguided FCC order.
We’re disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle. Netflix stands w/ innovators, large & small, to oppose this misguided FCC order.
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 14, 2017
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