Sad news for everyone who’s been hoping for net neutrality to be brought back. The FCC, earlier today, announced that net neutrality will be ending on June 11th.
There were a number of articles yesterday that talked about a longshot attempt to save the regulation in Congress. Unfortunately, it looks like this attempt won’t see the light of day anymore as a new resolution has been passed by the Senate.
The resolution was fast-tracked to be voted on next week. Even though there is a chance the order could be passed, many believe that there is no chance it will get out of the House. Apart from the resolution, 22 states have already sued to block the repeal.
It was in 2015 that the FCC under the Obama administration passed net neutrality with a 3-2 vote. When it was put into place, the order stopped carriers from imposing a charge on content providers so they can access the network faster and use their steams. The resolution also prevented carriers from having a charge on carrying content it didn’t agree with or like. With the ruling in place, content providers did not have to worry about their content not reaching their intended market.
Ever since it was put into place, net neutrality has been argued upon by different companies and political representatives. As such, it has since been repealed with companies promising not to discriminate against any legal content.
In his statement on restoring Internet Freedom Order taking effect, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that he “strongly supports a free and open internet.” The chairman also wrote that “The Internet wasn’t broken in 2015, when the prior FCC buckled to political pressure and imposed heavy-handed Title Ii rules on the Internet economy.”
Come June 11th, Pai promises that “unnecessary and harmful Internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan, light-touch approach that served the online world well for nearly 20 years will be restored.”
You can read more of Chairman Pai’s statement here.