Despite over-hyped concerns, the vote simply returns FCC internet regulations to pre-2015 conditions.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has voted 3-2 to end the so-called “Open Internet Order.”
The eliminated regulations were widely known as “Net Neutrality,” and were subject to a large campaign to save them.
However, the campaign became untethered from reality, with widespread fears spread about a massive change to the internet.
Instead, all the vote does is return internet regulations to conditions that prevailed before 2015.
Here’s what FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said after the vote:
“The internet is the greatest free-market innovation in history. If our rules deter a massive infrastructure investment that we need, eventually we will pay the price in terms of less innovation. … It is time for us to restore internet freedom.”
FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly also sought to bring a sense of perspective back to the discussion:
“For those of you out there who are fearful about what tomorrow will bring, take a deep breath; this decision will not break the internet. While repealing net neutrality rules grabs headlines, net neutrality started as a consumer issue but soon became a stepping stone to impose vastly more common carrier regulation on broadband companies.”
The internet worked fine prior to 2015, and it’s highly unlikely that repealing net neutrality rules will change that.
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