Network neutrality

Network neutrality

On 16 May, the U.S. Senate voted in favour of keeping open-internet rules and overturn the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision of December last year to repeal net neutrality rules. However, the measure is unlikely to be approved by the House of Representatives or the White House, reported Reuters.

Democrats used a law that allows Congress to reverse regulatory actions by a simple majority vote. In December 2017, the FCC repealed rules set under Barack Obama that barred internet service providers from blocking or slowing access to content or charging consumers more for certain content. The network neutrality rules, which in 2015 were intended to ensure a free and open internet, give consumers equal access to the web content and bar broadband service providers from favouring their own material or others’, should expire on 11 June and the new regulations approved in December, handing providers broad new power over how consumers can access the internet, should take effect. The revised rules were a win for internet service providers, but are opposed by internet firms like Facebook and Alphabet (Google).

Published on: May 22, 2018

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