In less than a month we might see the U.S. Federal Communications Commission vote for ending the rules on web traffic that were set in the Obama ‘era’. There might also be a vacation of all its regulations, thing which will surely cause a lot of debates between the Republicans and the Democrats, but also between broadband providers and technology companies.
Ajit Pai, the FCC Chairman has asked the public about this proposal and has received over 22 million comments. This matter hasn’t been yet made public, but he is likely to get the vote, as he is the head of a Republican majority.
There might be some rules remaining, concerning some portions of information regarding the practices – a severe option that is going to please broadband providers.
On the other hand, Democrats and technology companies need rules to impose telecommunication providers not to favor some business partners, for example, or to do harm to their rivals.
Pai has proposed in April the lift of bans that would block web traffic or on building ‘fast lanes’ for those who pay more for a faster traffic.
The December Vote Raised a Lot of Reactions
The chief executive officer of the Incompas trade group, Chip Pickering didn’t approve of this proposal, stating that: ‘Abandoning bipartisan net neutrality principles threatens to kill the streaming revolution and will hurt businesses, large and small, who are migrating to the cloud at record speeds’.
Chip Pickering also added that ‘No one wants to see the internet turned into cable and have to pay more for streaming services they love.’
The commissioner Mignon Clyburn, who is part of the Democratic minority of the FCC also said that this proposal will not help consumers and it’s a destructive path. Consumers do not want their internet access to be restricted by their broadband service provider.
Right now, the current rules impose the broadband service providers not to block or slow traffic or charge a higher fee for a faster access on their networks.