Net neutrality regulations just took another step toward being dismantled by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  The Obama-era catastrophe imposes utility-style regulations on Internet service providers (ISPs).  It prevents ISPs from showing favor towards their own services or that of certain consumers over that of a competitor.

However, Trump-appointed FCC Chairman Ajit Pai states he intends to “repeal the heavy-handed Internet regulations” and “return to the light-touch framework under which the Internet developed and thrived before 2015” much to the delight of American consumers.


Naturally, this move has sparked debate among those that support the Trump administration’s efforts to de-regulate the Obama’s crippling regulation driven era as well as consumer groups and Internet companies.

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According to Fox News, this is how Pai’s plans could affect American consumers nationwide –


Net neutrality is the idea that ISPs must treat all legal Internet data the same — regardless of where it comes from or who it is going to.

Harold Feld, senior vice president with the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Public Knowledge, compared net neutrality to “an on-ramp to the Internet,” meaning ISPs are “not allowed to interfere with what the subscriber wants to do or where the subscriber wants to go.”


Under net neutrality regulations, ISPs are not allowed to block or throttle — meaning slow down — websites or applications.

Pai’s plan to repeal net neutrality regulations will be put to a vote by the FCC commissioners on Dec. 14.

Pai, 44, said that he believes the net neutrality rules adopted during the Obama administration discourage the ISPs from making investments in their network that would provide even better and faster online access.

“Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet,” Pai said in a statement.

Critics state that repealing net neutrality regulations could mean consumers would pay more for their internet services. Consumers could also begin to see ISPs start to “bundle” services for certain websites or applications much like the cable companies do for television. They would then charge more depending on what a person wants access too.

Feld states –

“Right now, the FCC has designated [the Internet] as a telecommunications service — like a phone service which includes all of the rules that apply to prevent [a company] from blocking or throttling or favoring one company over another. The real question, to some degree, is: is the Internet going to work like the old telephone where you get to decide who you called and what you do or is it going to become more like cable?

If it’s one thing that cable companies have proven to be good at over the years, it’s more ways to get money out of consumers and into their own pockets. Primary broadband providers will take advantage of this to find new ways to charge customers if they want to get high quality service.”

Senior fellow with libertarian think tank – the Cato Institute – Julian Sanchez speculates –

“There’s plenty of scaremongering around steps broadband providers could take in the absence of neutrality regulation — blocking off certain sites, or charging extra fees to access certain services — but not a ton of reason to think they would do these things, which would antagonize customers, be technically tricky to enforce against sophisticated users, and invite the re-imposition of regulations.

What’s more realistic is the introduction of plans that provide higher speeds for specific bandwidth-intensive services,” he said, pointing to streaming high-definition Netflix videos as an example of such a service. ‘Or, similarly, content providers might end up subsidizing higher-speed access to their services for subscribers who’ve only paid for slower all-purpose Internet access.'”

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