Today, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai circulated to FCC Commissioners a draft order in the Restoring Internet Freedom proceeding. Acting Federal Trade Commission Chairman Maureen K. Ohlhausen provided the following statement:
“I am pleased to see progress on this important matter. The FTC has long applied its competition and consumer protection expertise to network neutrality issues. The FTC also participated in the FCC’s proceeding, and I am gratified that my comments and those of FTC staff appear to have been taken into consideration in the development of this order. I look forward to reading the full draft order. The FTC stands ready to protect broadband subscribers from anticompetitive, unfair, or deceptive acts and practices just as we protect consumers in the rest of the Internet ecosystem.”
FCC Chairman Pai has announced that a draft of the order will be made public on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. The FCC plans to vote on the report and order on December 14, 2017.
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What does Chairman Pai’s proposal really do?
Increases uncertainty for consumers, ensuring that broadband providers could block or throttle at a whim.
Threatens innovation at the edge, by allowing broadband providers to charge tolls to access their customers.
Enables offerings that favor the vertically integrated broadband provider’s own content and services over those of consumers and innovators who rely on the Internet to grow their own businesses and stay informed.
Prevents states and localities from adopting any related consumer protections –an action that is likely unlawful.
Undoes the light-touch, court-approved Title II classification of broadband Internet access service that was modeled on the wildly-successful approach to mobile voice, and returns to an unregulated approach where broadband providers reign supreme and customers with complaints have no redress at the FCC.
Empowers a federal agency that has never enforced net neutrality protections (the FTC) to manage consumer complaints ensures that there is no FCC recourse for wronged consumers or businesses. https://www.ftc.gov/system/files/documents/public_statements/1231563/mko_rif_comment_7-17-2017_final.pdfhttps://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/open-internet
Whenever it comes to these issues on net neutrality, it is best to see what the Commissions are actually saying, not what others say. From here, you can see the divide on the issue. There's pros and cons on net neutrality such as transparency requirements for ISPs, however a lot of it barely addresses the infrastructural issues of America's Internet. Net neutrality of course as a principle is welcomed when dealing with the meddling of both corporate and governmental problems, however it seems the issue comes down to the partisan issue on who you want to be in control of the internet, ISPs or the government? It's a lose-lose situation. The real solution is taking down these ISP monopolies because they'll be shitty either way. And, you can do that with either competition (which is in favour of taking down these regulations) or again with competition but with tactile intervention. This is mostly an American issue down to its core dressed up as a debate universal principles. My advice to look another nation that does it right like Britain for example:
"Looking ahead, the market is mobilising to deliver ultrafast services, including gigabit services on demand. Government’s role in supporting industry is to remove barriers to investment, to cut the red tape that increases the cost of rollout, and to ensure the continuance of the stable regulatory framework that makes the UK such an attractive place to invest."
I'm sure there's some bi-partisan agreements to made in concession in order to fix America's Internet Infrastructure.