On June 30, the FCC voted 6-3 to eliminate net neutrality.
As part of the plan, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must reclassify ISPs as common carriers.
This means that they cannot discriminate against content providers or content providers against content creators or content consumers, and must not block or slow down the internet for any reason.
Net neutrality is a key element in the ongoing fight over internet regulation.
Net neutrality is the principle that all content should be treated equally, regardless of the origin.
As of today, ISPs can treat any website that uses their DNS records as if it were a common carrier.
For example, Comcast could block websites that use their DNS for anything other than paying their customers.
For years, ISPs like Comcast and AT&T have used the FCC to enforce net neutrality rules that have prevented internet service providers from blocking content, prioritizing traffic, or discriminating against content consumers.
The vote is expected to be the latest setback for net neutrality and internet users who have campaigned against ISPs’ practice of throttling and blocking.
However, net neutrality is just the beginning of the fight against this harmful practice.
In order to ensure that ISPs do not continue to abuse this power, we need a law to ensure the continued protection of the internet.
The FCC has long been the chief enforcer of net neutrality laws, which have enabled internet service companies to charge companies like Comcast, AT&s internet service, or Netflix for prioritizing or degrading traffic.
This practice harms competition and innovation, and consumers are suffering as a result.
The net neutrality proposal would protect net neutrality by prohibiting ISPs from blocking, throttling, or slowing down internet content.
In this way, ISPs would not be able to force consumers to pay more for certain websites or services, or to slow down websites and services to make a profit.
But the FCC must also ensure that the internet remains open and fair to all internet users, regardless if they are paying a monthly fee or not.
Net-neutrality advocates have been calling for a law that would ban ISPs from throttling or blocking traffic.
While this is not the final version of this bill, it represents a strong step toward net neutrality, while at the same time protecting consumers and internet service provider (ISP) interests.
The proposal would also prohibit ISPs from preventing users from using their internet service to create, share, or share content on their own devices.
This would be particularly important in light of recent comments by former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai who said that ISPs should not be allowed to “restrict what users do with their own data, including the ability to use that data for online services.”
The FCC has already issued an open letter to the industry to clarify that blocking content and throttling content is illegal, and ISPs must abide by this letter as well.
The FCC will also propose new rules that would require ISPs to disclose their practices to consumers.
If the FCC approves the FCC’s draft net neutrality bill, the bill would go into effect by June 2019.
This is a critical step to ensure internet access remains open, fair, and free for everyone.
We urge you to support this important law to protect net-neutralism.