Further dismantling Obama-era regulations, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 today to undo rules that stop broadband companies from charging more for access to certain websites or services like Netflix.
From The New York Times:
The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences.
The agency scrapped the so-called net neutrality regulations that prohibited broadband providers from blocking websites or charging for higher-quality service or certain content. The federal government will also no longer regulate high-speed internet delivery as if it were a utility, like phone service.
The action reversed the agency’s 2015 decision, during the Obama administration, to better protect Americans as they have migrated to the internet for most communications. It will take a couple of weeks for the changes go into effect, but groups opposed to the action have already announced plans to sue the agency to restore the net neutrality regulations. Those suits could take many months to be resolved.
So far the following States are suing the FCC over #NetNeutrality
— Donald J. Trump (@AKADonaldTrump) December 14, 2017
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— Jake Greenlees (@JacobGreenlees_) December 14, 2017
BREAKING: The FCC just voted to dismantle #netneutrality. This represents a radical departure that risks erosion of the biggest free speech platform the world has ever known.
— ACLU (@ACLU) December 14, 2017
FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn’s closing remarks before the 3-2 vote to repeal Obama-era #NetNeutrality rules:
“What saddens me the most today is that the agency that is supposed to protect you is actually abandoning you.” pic.twitter.com/HgJm36id4s
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 14, 2017