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Internet Association urges FCC to delay the vote for repealing net neutrality

07 December 2017

This summer, the council, in response to a May FCC meeting where the commission voted to consider a full repeal of Title II and the net neutrality rules, unanimously approved a resolution urging the FCC to maintain and enforce the 2015 Open Internet Order, which ensured the principles of openness, freedom and innovation, while providing equal access to the internet, regardless of provider.

This is a serious and non-partisan issue that could severely damage small local businesses and hamper internet use for everyone. That could be our new reality if and when the Federal Communications Commision (FCC) votes to remove net neutrality. Net neutrality, a term coined by Columbia law professor Tim Wu in 2003, is what allows everyone in America to access the same information at the same speeds through those providers. Getting rid of net neutrality could ultimately mean limiting the information you can receive on the internet. They can not discriminate by speeding up or slowing down traffic or blocking content, applications, or websites you want to use. The forces that want to undo Net Neutrality are powerful and will say anything, and stop at nothing.

"The problem with that in my mind is that you're basically believing in the big companies to make good decisions for consumers...which is not going to happen", said Shasserre. A survey carried out by Mozilla and Ipsos revealed that 76 percent of Americans support net neutrality.

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Net Neutrality refers to rules placed in 2015 barring internet providers from speeding up or slowing down traffic to certain websites.

AT&T, for instance, blocked FaceTime on certain iPhone data plans in 2012 and 2013 in order to encourage more expensive upgrades.

Massive companies and everyday Americans alike support net neutrality, which begs the question: Why is the FCC now on track to dismantle it?

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"[ISPs] are the winners in that fight and consumers end up losing because they lose the egalitarian nature of the web", said James.

"I think [the FCC is] trying it again because people are so distracted with everything else that's going on with our current administration", said Shasserre.

In the eyes of Republicans, media conglomerates and telecom giants that aspire to grow even larger, Pai's tenure at the FCC has been liberating.

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We can't let them get away with this.

Internet Association urges FCC to delay the vote for repealing net neutrality