Yesterday, in a 3-2 vote split down party lines (Republican's in favor of repeal), the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality. Net neutrality rules prevented internet service providers from blocking websites or charging for certain websites or content and the repeal ushers in a new age where the federal government will not regulate internet delivery.
The F.C.C under the Obama administration in 2015 voted to enact stronger oversight over internet service providers as Americans turn more and more to the web for communication. Yesterday's vote to repeal those actions reflects the Trump administration's preference for deregulation of corporations and completes F.C.C Chairman Ajit Pai's plan to oppose net neutrality outlined at the beginning of 2017. Mr. Pai defended the vote saying " Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks, especially to undeserved areas."
The repeal has been met with vigorous criticism by both government officials and private citizens, with critics arguing that the repeal will result in consumers having more difficulty in accessing content. This criticism is grounded in the fact that most providers own content companies and can now legally seek to create advantages for their own content and disadvantages for their competitors.
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