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FCC Repeals Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission ended net neutrality in a 3-2 party line vote.

Mitch Wagner

December 14, 2017

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FCC Repeals Net Neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 along party lines today to end net neutrality regulations -- more specifically, to repeal the Open Internet Order passed in 2015 and replace it with a new Restoring Internet Freedom Order.

The new rule returns broadband to its classification as a Title I information service, and removes so-called "bright line rules" prohibiting Internet service providers from blocking, throttling or giving preferential treatment to traffic through paid prioritization.

The decision was expected, but it triggered an uproar from net neutrality advocates who believe the decision is against the public interest, and will lead to pay-for-play delivery of content on the web.

But Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai says the Internet doesn't need utility-style regulation, and the earlier Open Internet Order led to decreased broadband investment, a conclusion that's much debated.

My colleague Mari Silbey has the news on Light Reading: FCC Ends Net Neutrality.

Figure 1:Actress Amanda Seales rallies a crowd of protesters outside the FCC. (Photo by Mari Silbey, Light Reading)Actress Amanda Seales rallies a crowd of protesters outside the FCC.
(Photo by Mari Silbey, Light Reading)

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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