Saturday, March 29, 2014

FCC is still working to keep Net Neutrality Alive

Still reeling from its defeat in the US Appeals Court's decision to throw out the Net Neutrality laws in January and under mounting pressure from Democrats in Congress, the FCC has revealed that it has been working on a plan that will preserve the idea of a free and open Internet.

Among some of the actions that the FCC could fix is to reclassify broadband carriers such as Verizon, AT&T and Comcast among others as "common carriers" which would put them in the same category as phone companies. They could also appeal to Congress to revise the Communications Act to include Net Neutrality in its statutes. However, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler warned that while a revision is necessary, it could take years and by the time such a revision becomes law, it would end up becoming quickly outdated.

That while the FCC's plan as to how they intend to keep Net Neutrality alive remains to be seen. However, one thing remains clear: The FCC is facing pressure from Democrats to come up with a legal solution quickly that would stand up to judicial scrutiny. 

And as a person who works on the Internet, I wholeheartedly agree with the Democrats on this. The FCC needs to act quickly because the future of those who need the Internet for their businesses, careers, or anything else they use it for is on the line.

Source: "Amid Political Pressure, FCC to Propose Net Neutrality Fix"-

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