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The FCC has voted to repeal Net Neutrality Rules


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FCC Commissioners, Ajit Pai

On the 14th of December the FCC convened to vote on the future of Net Neutrality and they voted 3-2 to remove the rules. 

Ajit Pai, current FCC chairman was the main driving force behind the removal of Net Neutrality and has often said that Net Neutrality rules have been stifling investment in the broadband infrastructure. 

Mr. Pai failed to mention that major ISPs themselves said that Net Neutrality rules have not affected their investment whatsoever. He also failed to supply evidence for his claims that smaller ISPS were also at a disadvantage due to Net Neutrality rules. 

All of this took place as nationwide protests, particularly outside of the FCC headquarters, where the vote took place. Not only in the US have people made their voices heard, people across the globe have been voicing their affront to the removal of Net Neutrality rules. 

The FCC will have to defend its decision in court as many pro-Net Neutrality organisations are looking to appeal the decision. 

What does the removal of Net Neutrality mean for US citizens?

Great powers have now been bestowed amongst the major ISPs in the United States. They can now freely block and throttle any website or service they see fit. The only protections in place for consumers now is that ISPs must clearly state what exactly has been throttled or blocked. 

Ajit Pai said that market power will help keep prices and blocks/throttles to a minimum, but he failed to mention that about 50% of households in the United States only have access to one ISP. For those households they have no choice, other than to have no internet. 

Public perception

Many American citizens see this vote as nothing more than a showcase of the disdain that the FCC have for the people they should be protecting. People have made their voices heard loud and clear as to what they thought about this vote, but still unelected officials saw fit to go against the will of the American people. 

All the hope that is left for saving Net Neutrality will go into the future court proceedings.