• June 17, 2021

What you need to know about the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to gut net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commision has proposed to gut the 2015 Open Internet Order, which gave internet service providers the power to prioritize certain websites.

The FCC said in its proposal that it would “open the door for broadband providers to discriminate against content providers and websites that offer content that is not consistent with the company’s traditional business model.”

The FCC proposed the rule to replace the 2015 order, which was signed into law by President Obama in 2015.

The Federal Communication Commission will also roll back a rule that prohibits internet service companies from blocking or throttling certain websites and services.

The rule requires internet service to prioritize websites over “unreasonable” or “unfair” content, such as pornography or “harmful content.”

The rule also requires internet providers to use consumer data to help customers choose the right broadband service.

The Commission is expected to vote on its proposal at its next meeting on February 27. 

The Federal Communications commission is also proposing to reverse the 2015 Order.

The proposal would reverse a 2015 rule that prohibited internet service provider Comcast from blocking and throttling internet content, but the FCC would not change the current Open Internet Rules. 

Under the 2015 rule, internet service service providers could not discriminate against websites or services that did not subscribe to their own pay-per-click (PPC) model.

In the FCC proposal, the agency would instead say that they would have to treat websites and content differently.

The plan would also allow internet service operators to charge websites more if they “misappropriate” or overcharge for access to certain services. 

According to the FCC, the 2015 Rule had a “distinctive impact on broadband access, innovation, and innovation in general.”

It also said that it was “designed to promote innovation and investment in broadband networks by promoting competition, consumer choice, and net neutrality.” 

Under this proposal, internet providers would be able to charge a website or service more for certain services, and if they fail to charge, they could block or slow down access to that website or content. 

Internet service providers can also use “information technology” (IT) to target websites with “unnecessary or excessive content” that harms their own business. 

In addition to reversing the 2015 rules, the FCC is also reversing the Open Internet Rule.

The 2016 rule was based on the 2015 one, which allows internet service carriers to “prioritize” content by classifying it under “the highest priority,” which is different from what the FCC proposed.

In order to prioritize content, ISPs must have “proprietary, special, or similar rights.”

ISPs would then be able “to apply for preferential treatment of certain types of content,” such as certain sports teams.

The 2017 Open Internet rules would allow internet providers “to create, apply, or change conditions of service” based on a user’s internet service level (ISL), or internet access provider (AIP) address. 

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