FCC reveal plans to repeal net neutrality rules

Adam Bihi, News & Opinion Editor

A majority of internet users have expressed outrage over the FCC’s unveiling of their plans to repeal net neutrality laws on Tuesday, This has been an outgoing issue that started back in April as an attempt to compromise Net neutrality. Chief of the FCC, Ajit Pai, says that his proposal would prevent state and local governments from creating their own net neutrality rules because internet service is “inherently an interstate service” Pai, a Republican, was appointed by president Donald Trump, who has said in the past that he is against net neutrality.

Net neutrality is a principle that internet service providers and governments regulating most of the Internet and that any type of data on the Internet cannot be discriminated against or change based on the type of content, platform, application, user, website, and more, They are also unable to slow down or charge money for access to specific websites and content. So any ISP’s trying to make a quick buck off their customers were unable to do so as a result of strong laws set it motion from former president Barack Obama.

The most notable companies who agree with net neutrality laws include Yahoo!, Amazon, eBay, Microsoft, and Twitter, other companies who are opposed include Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Intel, Qualcomm, and Panasonic because they believe that repealing the rules could lead to billions of dollars in additional broadband investment , the most notable one being AT&T who’s deal with Time-Warner is a big factor of this situation as the Department of Justice are currently suing them as they believe that this merger would result in raised prices for rivals and pay-TV subscribers.

Reddit, a popular social news and discussion website, have been one of the notable communities who have expressed disgust with the plan to repeal net neutrality, as they have had numerous threads about making a stand and trying to make a difference, something that worked for them with the controversy with gaming company Electronic Arts in multiple subreddits that have gained more than 10,000 upvotes each time.

There will be a meeting on December 14th to decide on whether to repeal net neutrality laws or not but if you want to let Congress know that you are against this, you may call or contact your local state representatives and senators and tell them that you are against repealing net neutrality laws.