FCC Gives A Go-Ahead To Net Neutrality, ISPs To Suffer
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been working day and night to enforce net neutrality by bidding farewell to unfair practices regarding data on the Internet. So it has at last reached a consensus and decision, as the FCC approved the most robust set of net neutrality rules to ensure equal and unbiased communication across broadband networks.
The broadband industry will now be regulated just like telephones, as the FCC has reclassified broadband as a public utility. This means broadband providers will not provide “fast lanes” and “slow lanes” which determine access to certain websites based on Internet speeds. Moreover, broadband providers will not have the authority to block or ban any websites on their own.
Net neutrality has been in the hot seat for quite some time, as we hear about President Obama’s strong stance in favor about the issue. Although the regulatory body initially had some reservations with the President’s approach, it is now to hold on to his proposal. It refers to preserve the power of open Internet to connect the world.
Net neutrality is a pretty huge grey area. Those in favor of the proposal believe that the Internet is too vast and integral a commodity to be left alone with the private broadband companies or ISPs. On the other hand, the Republicans who stand against the implementation of the rules claim that this is yet another act of government imposing control over the Internet, and their lives, as a result. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler however clarified that the rules were only being enforced to maintain the freedom and prevent bigger companies from ratifying monopolistic measures on the Internet – not regulate it.
“The Internet is simply too important to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules…This is no more a plan to regulate the Internet than the First Amendment is a plan to regulate free speech. They both stand for the same concept: openness, expression and an absence of gatekeepers telling people what they can do, where they can go and what they can think,” the Chairman said.
What would this mean for the network owners? In the past, we have seen ISP companies like Comcast, AT&T, Verizon blocking sites or slowing down streaming lanes by throttling the traffic for Google Wallet, Bit Torrent and Netflix. They then forced the victims to pay them a fee so that “fast lanes” could be provided to smooth down the congestion. However, the new net neutrality rules would ensure a stop to the ISP gang war, something which the broadband companies are certainly not giving into.