Internet personalities tell FCC to cancel net neutrality vote

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The FCC is now majority-Republican and the agency is expected to vote for the repeal, meaning that by as early as January 2018, the net neutrality rules will be off the books and internet providers could start to charge websites for faster lanes or discriminate against content vis à vis connection speeds however they please.

Last week, more than a couple of dozen Democratic senators called for a delay of the FCC vote.

"Instead of saddling the Internet with heavy-handed regulations, we will work together to take targeted action against bad actors", the FCC said.

Here, in India, we are going through the grinding of that process and thankfully, after over a year of consultation papers, public comments and meetings, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) last month chose to uphold the supremacy of net neutrality in India.

The FCC's vote on the proposed order is scheduled for 14 December, and it is expected to be approved, mostly because ignorance of how things work is pretty much a badge you wear with pride in the USA at the moment.

Under these rules, internet service providers (ISPs) would be allowed to choose their own net neutrality standards to follow, allowing them to regulate themselves with regards to throttling, paid prioritization and website blocking.

Alongside the net neutrality rollback, Pai has also announced his intentions to remove restrictions on telcos that prevent them from reaching more than 39% of U.S. households - a further effort to prevent monopolies. He said then that the 2015 decision was a mistake and that his proposal would have the federal government "stop micromanaging the Internet".

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Net neutrality is the idea that all content on the internet is equal.

The agreement would see oversight return to the FTC, which will be able to investigate the activities of ISPs if they are considered to have deceived the agencies and customers over their practices. "The Internet was vibrant place of commerce and public discourse before the rules ever took effect and will continue to flourish after we discard this unnecessary and harmful regulatory overhang".

It would "remove long-standing FCC oversight over Internet access providers without an adequate replacement to protect consumers, free markets and online innovation".

Pai's proposal is opposed by large internet companies including Alphabet Inc. and Facebook Inc.

The FCC's meeting is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Washington, D.C., and will be streamed live. Internet service providers will now have the unfettered ability to control the Internet.

If the order passes, Markey said he expects it will ultimately end up before the Supreme Court.

The pioneers said the FCC did not know what it was doing. These include bot-generated comments that impersonated Americans, including dead people, and an unexplained outage of the FCC's on-line comment system that occurred at the very moment TV host John Oliver was encouraging Americans to submit comments to the system.