The worst fear of Internet users became true. On Thursday the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal Net Neutrality rules.The rules made it illegal for telecom companies to slow down or block sites or applications.
In the past weeks, there has been a national debate on net neutrality after the FCC decided to repeal it. Many users argued that this decision would destroy the Internet and affect various aspects of life, including the access to information. People were urged to call their representatives and try to stop this decision, but it appears that this was not effective.
The regulations were too strict according to the FCC
The FCC claimed that the net neutrality rules limited the internet and repealing them was the only way to allow it to evolve.”What is responsible for the phenomenal development of the Internet? Certainly wasn’t heavy-handed government regulation. … The Internet wasn’t broken in 2015, we were not living in some digital dystopia. … It is time for us to bring faster, better and cheaper Internet access to all Americans,” declared FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Pai also voted against these rules back in 2015.
Countless politicians, as well as common people, have criticised this decision and they are afraid that it will lead to a dystopian future where a few companies will be able to control the Internet.“Each of us raised our right hands when we were sworn in as FCC Commissioners, took an oath and promised to uphold our duties and responsibilities ‘to make available, so far as possible, to all the people of the United States, without discrimination… a rapid, efficient, Nation-wide, and world-wide wire and radio communication service with adequate facilities at reasonable charges.’ Today the FCC majority officially abandons that pledge and millions have taken note,” Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said in a speech.
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