US Passes the Toughest Net Neutrality Rule

Federal Communications Commission has passed new net neutrality rules on how the internet should be administered.

The changes that were proposed by Chairman Tom Wheeler got votes of advocates of net neutrality and to the advocates it was a victory.

There were two votes that were against of the rule and three commissioners voted in favor of the rule.

According to the US Telecommunications Industry Association, the broadband providers will be taking “immediate” legal action about the changed rules.

Apart from the votes, commissioners listened to a lot of net neutrality advocates, along with the chief executive of online marketplace Etsy and a TV drama writer. Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the Web founder also imparted through video link.

Prof Tim Wu of Columbia Law School, who was the original discoverer of the phrase net neutrality, approved the rules.

“It is a historic day in the history of the internet,” to Prof Wu added. “Net neutrality, long in existence as a principle, has been codified in a way that will likely survive court scrutiny. More generally, this marks the beginning of an entirely new era of how communications are regulated in the United States.”

“I think both the Obama Administration and the Federal Communications Commission can consider the rule a legacy achievement.”

‘Misguided’

According to Verizon, the broadband provider, the rules that were being chosen by the FCC were “written in the era of the steam locomotive and the telegraph”.

“Today’s decision by the FCC to encumber broadband internet services with badly antiquated regulations is a radical step that presages a time of uncertainty for consumers, innovators and investors,” it told in a statement.

“History will judge today’s actions as misguided”.

Chief executive of the Telecommunications Industry Association, Scott Belcher, told that the “onerous set of rules” was an “over-reaction from the FCC”.

He had foreseen a two-branched response from the broadband providers.

“They will take legal action right away and they will continue to work in Congress to get legislation to address these rules,” he told the BBC.

US broadband providers are supposed to spend around $73bn (£47bn) a year on upgrading infrastructure. Net usage is expected to replicate in the next 10 years and data transmissions to increase to octuple.

“The internet is built on infrastructure. Even to keep at a steady state providers are going to have to invest in infrastructure but they need certainty that they can get a return on their investments,” said Mr Belcher.

“The next administration may want to introduce price controls or control infrastructure help where cables can be laid. They could drive the internet to a halt.”

 

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