The head of the Federal Communications Commission of the United States on Tuesday revealed plans to annul the 2015 rules that prohibit internet service providers in that country from preventing consumers from accessing content on the web, a decision that could be reformulated the digital landscape
The president of the FCC, Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed by President Donald Trump in January, said the commission will vote on December 14 on its plan to rescind the so-called net neutrality rules defended. by his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, and who treat Internet providers as public services.
Pai had already made explicit in April his intention to eliminate net neutrality and then presented an initiative that, after submitting to the regulatory times -including a period to accept comments and challenges-, now put back on the table.
The rules prohibit broadband providers from blocking or slowing down access or burdening consumers more for certain content (what is known as two-speed internet). Its intention is to guarantee a free and open Internet, give consumers equal access and prevent broadband firms from favoring their contents. The issue, however, is more complex in some situations.
The decision means a victory for companies like AT & T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications, which will have great power now to decide what content customers can access and at what price. It is also a setback for Google and Facebook, who asked not to invalidate the rules.
The commission is made up of three republicans and two democrats, so there is no doubt about the application of the new regulation. Trump expressed his opposition to net neutrality in 2014, even before the new rules came into force.
Pai said that his proposal will prevent state and local governments from creating their own standards of neutrality, because Internet service is “inherently an interstate service.” Most likely, the measure ties hands to states and cities governed by Democrats who are evaluating their own plans to protect equal access of consumers to online content.
“The FCC will no longer focus on the business of micromanaging business models and preventively prohibiting services, applications and products that could be procompetitive,” Pai said in an interview. “We should only set rules for companies of all types in each sector to compete and let consumers decide who wins or loses,” he added.
Tom Wheeler, who led the FCC in Obama’s time and defended the rules of neutrality, called the plans “a shameful sham and a betrayal – even for this FCC and its leadership, this proposal takes hypocrisy to new levels.”
In Argentina, Law 27,078 (Argentina Digital) contemplates the defense of the neutrality of the network in our country.