The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) head Ajit Pai will vote tomorrow favouring his proposal to rollback net neutrality rules that were implemented in 2015. These rules will restrict your Internet Service Provider (ISP) controlling on what you can access online. The new proposal will lead to content discrimination making the internet as a biased platform, benefiting cable, telephone, and wireless broadband companies.
Donald Trump administration wants to put an end to people’s right of having a free and open internet. This will affect small businesses and those who want to create online marketplace for their products, especially farmers. Your freedom of using the internet would be gone long days, as you’ll see only the things that your cable company wants to, and will certainly affect your wallet.
Before going on a vote, Senate Democrats have signed a open letter defending the net neutrality rules. The letter is signed by 13 senators – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), U.S. Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.), U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-N.J.), U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).
“These rules protect the internet as an open, decentralized, and level playing field, free from content discrimination,” the letter, titled “An open letter to everyone who uses the internet,” reads. “They ensure that you—not your internet service provider (usually your cable or phone company)—control what you can access online.”
They have listed out the problems that the rollback could cause. “This does not have to be the future of our internet,” the letter reads. “We know what it’s going to take to protect net neutrality. We’ve won on this before. We can win again. And you will be hearing us speak out on this issue in the Senate and in every corner of the country.”
The letter ends by encouraging dissent against the changes. “The existing net neutrality rules protect this foundation and the connected society that we all enjoy. Don’t let the FCC take that away.”