FCC votes to repeal net neutrality

Ajit Pai's 'transparency' is a lie

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Declan McCormick, Cactus Chronicle

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As American citizens, we have the right to access to the internet , and any website and other online source, which cannot be regulated or slowed.

This is called Net neutrality-federal regulations that the Federal Communications Commission(FCC) has repealed.

In doing so, they now allow for Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) to make certain websites faster or slower to load and can now possibly require a fee for access.

It would be like forcing certain cars on a highway to be in slow lanes while other cars would have a free pass in a large lane.

The lane you get would depend on who the highway builders prefered.

Ajit Pai is the newfound head of the FCC and the brain behind ending these regulations.

In the past, the FCC had tried to end these rules but had been shut down by Congress.

The FCC gave it another shot over Thanksgiving which some have said was a strategic move, as people were away from the internet during Tthe holiday so they could slip the issue under the radar.

So what are the benefits of ending these regulations?

According to Pai, one benefit would be knowing that the federal government won’t “micromanage the internet.”

He says that the government is not clear enough in their rules and with the destruction of these rules, the consumer would be able to buy the plan that works best for them.

One of his fellow FCC commissioners described his plan as a ,“cornucopia full of rotten fruit, stale grains, and wilted flowers topped off with a plate full of burnt turkey.”

During a long speech he gave in April, Pai said that Net Neutrality was an excuse by , “special interest,” to push the internet under the government’s control.

Pai is not the biggest fan of hypotheticals, as shown in an interview with PBS. During the interview, he was asked, “what if an ISP made a service that was that same as another service, so in retaliation, the ISP blocked the rivaling service?”

“So under that hypothetical, one of the things to remember is that it is a hypothetical, that we don’t see evidence of that happening in the widespread level,” Pai said.

He says that the times that something like this has happened, they have been isolated incidents.

This raises the question, what if these things do happen and should we be getting rid of the things that protect us from this to obtain more transparency from the government?

This has been Pai’s main argument.

He speaks about what is best for the people a lot.

He doesn’t seem to mention other fears of what this repeal could possibly do, however, like blocking certain people for their ideals, or what they believe in.

It also creates new space for monopolies. For example, if an ISP, like Verizon, wanted people to have free access to Netflix but not Amazon Prime, they could do so.

While Amazon Prime would still be there, most people would go to Netflix because it’s the cheaper option and Amazon Prime wouldn’t be able to do a thing about it.

Pai is familiar with Verizon, as he used to work as a lawyer for the company during a time when they sued the FCC for their Net Neutrality regulations being too harsh and stringent.

While Verizon ended up winning the case, the court suggested that the FCC move the internet from under Title 1—Information Services—to Title 2—Telecommunication Providers— which allowed for lower regulations and regulatory access to the FCC, not the Federal Trade Commision (FTC) as in title 1.

Ajit Pai’s attempts to calm the masses has had an effect around the world as people quickly took sides and the internet forged together to save Net Neutrality.

The former head of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, who described Pai’s plan as a sellout.

“You just had to listen to the explanation chairman Pai just had.

“Lets think about this. Transparency is the solution? So, all that is necessary to do something evil is to tell you that I’m about to do something evil? That doesn’t make any sense,” Wheeler said.

According to Wheeler this plan is some kind of consumer protection is a fraudulent representation when two-thirds of American households don’t even have a choice of their internet provider.

Imagine knowing that the news you get and the things you look up were decided by extremely wealthy companies just for that big payoff, knowing what they do and when they do it.

If Ajit Pai started to be more “transparent,” in his interviews, he could talk about how much money ISP’s will be making from thisregulation ban.

It seems to be the topic he avoids the most Interviews.

Regardless, net neutrality is dead. Only an act of Congress can save the regulation now.

Wheeler calls this deregulation, “the Cableization of the internet,” meaning an end to net neutrality would mean the internet would run like ca

ble.

Let’s hope Congress can agree on this issue before it’s too late.

-Declan McCormickFederal Communications Commission

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