Saturday, May 20, 2017

Despite public concerns, the FCC will begin repealing Net Neutrality regulations

Save the Internet

Credit: Joseph Gruber License

Yesterday, the FCC voted to begin rolling back Net Neutrality regulations that classified Internet Service Providers as common carriers (utilities) under Title II of the Telecommunications Act back in 2015.

This simply cannot stand for the good of all Americans, and it comes after thousand of comments were left on the FCC’s website against repealing the rules. In case you missed it, my Net Neutrality post goes into more details about the concept as a whole.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (a former Verizon lawyer, by the way) has frequently said “The Internet was not broken in 2015,” but he is completely missing the point. Net Neutrality exists to protect the internet, not fix anything that’s wrong with it. Read on to find out what’s next.

What’s Next

This isn’t over. Over the past years, the Internet has been assaulted by countless attempts to undermine its fair an openness by Congress1 and special interests. All of them were defeated by the outcry of we, the American people. Over the next 90 days, the FCC will consult with stakeholders and begin drafting plans and voting on the repeal.

Due to the FCC receiving an overwhelming amount of comments due to bots2 in the past couple weeks, they are not accepting any more until further notice. The legitimacy of this accusation has been called into question, but once commenting re-opens, I will be posting an update.

You can also send a letter to the FCC at the following address:

Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554

Or email Ajit Patel directly and tell him how ridiculous this is.

In the meantime, if you want to support Net Neutrality, you can donate to groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation, ACLU, and Free Press who are fighting to keep it around.

  1. Many bills have been introduced over the years, some of which you may have heard (SOPA, PIPA, CISPA, ACTA, TPP, ITU, TAFTA). 
  2. An Internet Bot is a software application that runs automated tasks (scripts) over the Internet. Also see