What is net neutrality and why does it matter?

US FCC set to reverse net neutrality rules

Billion-dollar corporations scored a victory on Thursday as the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality protections.

Net neutrality activists have staged a series of protests in cities around the United States and online, amid fears that dominant broadband providers could change how the internet works by favoring its own services and hindering those of rivals. (Given that platforms like Netflix, YouTube, and Twitch account for lots of web traffic, for instance, the fear among net neutrality advocates is that providers may end up charging consumers more money to utilize these services).

"We have a responsibility to push back and we're going to push back", said Wiener.

A sweeping variety of digital creators - from gaming star Mark "Markiplier" Fischbach to lifestyle vlogger Arden Rose to tech reviewer Marques Brownlee - echoed Shear's sentiments (below).

Today's FCC decision went further, removing the Title II telecommunications designation entirely in favor of classifying internet providers as an "information service" and blunting the agency's rule-making teeth as a result. There were concerns about potential price regulation, even though the FCC had said it won't set prices for consumer internet service. Without rules prohibiting paid prioritisation, a fast lane could be occupied by big Internet and media companies, as well as affluent households, while everyone else would be left on the slow lane. Pai said Wednesday that fewer regulations will lead to more internet investment and innovation. The president of the Senate tweeted today that he supports taking action. Based on the FCC docket, more than 23 million Americans submitted comments, an unrealistically high number that is equivalent to 1 in 14 Americans.

In her scathing four-page dissent to Thursday's decision, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn anxious about the effect on "marginalized groups" that rely on the internet to communicate "because traditional outlets do not consider their issues or concerns worthy of any coverage".

Once repealed, several state attorneys general have said they will work to oppose the FCC ruling, citing problems with comments made to the FCC during the public comment period. Since he was ignored, he said he is planning to introduce net neutrality legislation as well. As this makes clear, killing net neutrality will make ISPs rich but kill innovation-and even potentially slow down the growth of the US economy, which is partially driven by the success of its major tech companies.

Internet-freedom campaigners with the organization Fight for the Future purchased a billboard at I-10 and Baseline Road featuring Flake's mug and his office phone number.

Politicians were not the only ones up in arms.

However, Pai was adamant that the repeal wouldn't negatively affect consumer.

Falcon said, "Senator Flake and, I think, every Republican senator really has a political challenge in front of them". Markey's Congressional Review Act resolution, and will take the FCC to court as needed.

A moment of silence for net neutrality. "It'll be just as necessary tomorrow as it is today". "We were acting on the recommendation of the Federal Protective Service".

Any one of these actions could hit well before the repeal actually becomes effective. When net neutrality rules were first enacted by the FCC in 2015, publication did not happen until six weeks after the vote.

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