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FCC Announces Roll Back of Net Neutrality

On November 21st, 2017 FCC Chairman Ajit Pai released a draft on repealing net neutrality laws. The two page. Titled CHAIRMAN PAI CIRCULATES DRAFT ORDER TO RESTORE INTERNET FREEDOM AND ELIMINATE HEAVY-HANDED INTERNET REGULATIONS announced that it will be voting on the draft of Restoring Internet Freedom Order on december 14th. The release stated how regulations put in place during the Obama administration were “heavy-handed, utility-style regulations upon the Internet” that “depressed investment in building and expanding broadband networks and deterred innovation.”

The goal of the repeal is to return to what the FCC chairman referred to as a “light touch approach.” Under the chairman’s proposal, the

federal government would take a step back from policing. “Instead, the FCC would simply require Internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate.”

Analysts fear that internet providers with take advantage of this agreement and could restrict internet access for further profits. In May of 2017, Comcast attempted to block states from enforcing net neutrality laws. Before the official vote occurs, the complete proposal will be released more than 3 weeks before the December 14th vote. Therefore, can expect the exact wording for the law to be released within the next few days.

As or developments continue to arise we will make sure to let you all know about them. If you are interested in contacting your representative about net neutrality you can click here to find them by submitting your ZIP code.

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