In an effort to revive "net neutrality" restrictions for the broadband business and the ongoing discussion over the future of the internet, the US government wants to reinstate strict controls for high-speed internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon.
According to FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, the new regulations will classify internet service as "essential telecommunications" comparable to traditional telephone services, including both the wired type found in homes and businesses and mobile data on cellphones. Internet service providers (ISPs) will be prohibited by the regulations from preventing or restricting access to websites and online content.
With its proposal from Tuesday, the FCC seeks to reinstate rules from the Obama administration that were pushed back under Republican control under the Trump administration. However, internet service providers that have spent years fighting prior iterations of the laws in court are certain to strongly object to the idea.
The George W. Bush administration published some of the first principles for an open internet, which sparked attempts at actual regulation by the FCC in 2010 and again in 2015.
The telecom and cable industries have long opposed using Title II to regulate broadband, claiming that it would be an example of government overreach, that regulations based on telephone technology are inapplicable to digital technologies, and that it would deter private investment in broadband networks, making it more difficult for Americans to access the internet.
Below you can find a basic image of how Net neutrality works and how it can and is affecting millions of americans lives, without it, Americans are forced to pay thousands of dollars in extra fees each year, on top of a dwindling internet connection speed.
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