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07 December 2017, 05:23 | Kelvin Horton
But the FCC said it will stick to its December 14 plan to repeal the net neutrality rules that prevent Internet Service Providers from throttling or blocking content online, and prohibit ISPs from prioritizing some content over others, possibly for payment.
In response to the 28 Democratic senators who urged the agency on Monday to postpone the vote, the FCC said in a statement to Ars Technica that it was "just evidence that supporters of heavy-handed Internet regulations are becoming more desperate by the day as their effort to defeat Chairman [Ajit] Pai's plan to restore Internet freedom has stalled".
"Repealing net neutrality would allow internet service providers to restrict access to certain types of services or information at their discretion, and charge local residents and businesses more to access certain websites and apps, all of which the City Council is united against", said Commissioner of Finance Michele Madigan.
"[Currently] Verizon, who is a part of the same company as Yahoo, can not slow Google dramatically because they would prefer you to use Yahoo...which they are economically tied to".
So, what is net neutrality and why are people so worked up about it? "Any business practice that would affect the offering of a service has to be disclosed to the consumers, and entrepreneurs can understand exactly how these businesses are operated". To public-interest watchdogs and much of Silicon Valley, however, it's the stuff of nightmares.
A Verizon spokesman said consumers had a favorable opinion of the company because it prioritized service over policy debates. Internet service providers, such as AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, must treat all data on the Internet the same. Instead, Congress continues to turn a blind eye as their appointee dismantles equal access to the internet.
And that makes sense.
Back in May 2014, Pai himself complained that the FCC was moving too fast on net neutrality changes. In that case, we believe there should at least be places where we can access unbiased internet like public libraries and schools. "Net neutrality basically stops [the ISP's] ability to regulate the speed and what information is provided to users".
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