UPDATE: FCC Repeals “Net Neutrality” Rules Which Prohibit Charging More For Or Changing Access Speeds Of Certain Internet Content, Sites, Or Services

 In Government Regulations, Obama, Russia   Last Updated: December 16, 2017

On December 14, 2017 the FCC repealed “net neutrality” rules, passed in 2015 under President Obama, that prevent “broadband providers from blocking or slowing down access to content or charging consumers more for certain content. They were intended to ensure a free and open internet, give consumers equal access to web content and prevent broadband service providers from favoring their own content.”

Some consumer groups fear that without the rules, Internet providers could begin charging some websites or services more to reach their customers…they also say Internet providers could artificially speed up services they own or have special relationships with, to the detriment of start-ups and small businesses.”

Comments about the process submitted to the FCC have been questionable as well.  An FCC spokesperson noted that “7.5 million comments filed in favor of the regulations that appeared to come from 45,000 distinct email addresses, ‘all generated by a single fake e-mail generator website.’ Some 400,000 comments backing the rules, he said, appeared to originate from a mailing address based in Russia.”

 

 

David Shepardson. "FCC chief plans to ditch U.S. 'net neutrality' rules." Reuters, 21 November 2017. Web. 25 November 2017.
Brian Fung. "FCC net neutrality process ‘corrupted’ by fake comments and vanishing consumer complaints, officials say." Washington Post, 24 November 2017. Web. 25 November 2017.
David Shepardson. "U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom." Reuters, 14 December 2017. Web. 16 December 2017.
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