On Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission and its chairman, Ajit Pai, formally announced plans to repeal landmark Obama-era regulations that ensure equal access to the internet and equal treatment of all online content by Internet Service Providers, or ISPs. However, it doesn't mean the new plan is only anti-consumer.
Pai has said the action would remove heavy-handed internet regulations.
"Instead, the FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that's best for them".
Companies could even go as far as denying access to websites of their choosing.
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UW experiences campus-wide intermittent wireless internet outagesThe University of Wisconsin campus has been experiencing intermittent campus-wide outages of the wireless internet system for the past week. When Comcast interfered with access to web networks that used a lot of bandwidth and enabled trading of pirated content, the FCC balked in 2008. UW's mission statement is not dissimilar to those from other universities around this country.
"Websites and apps operate in a competitive environment with low barriers to entry where choice and competition are a click away". But Pai is hoping in the meantime to get the courts to approve his dismantling of net neutrality until the court cases are settled. The AG's office analyzed the fake comments and found that tens of thousands of New Yorkers - and hundreds of thousands of Americans - may have had their identities misused. Pew called its findings "clear evidence of organized campaigns to flood the comments with repeated messages".
UW professor emphasizes positive effects of internet communicationIn partnership with the Madison Senior Center, University of Wisconsin psychology professor Morton Ann Gernsbacher delivered a lecture Wednesday about Read...
As part of paid prioritization, some of the costs of use may fall on us, the consumers.
Pai also said he was calling out criticisms from Hollywood because of celebrities' "large online followings" that "give them outsized influence in shaping the public debate". It's also a set of values.
Lastly, the repeal of regulations on net neutrality would make it harder on students once they graduate.
It's incredible to think a president like Trump, who rode into the White House based largely on populist support from working and middle-class families, is now keenly interested in repealing rules that prevent internet providers from blocking or dialing down traffic as well as selling so-called "fast lanes" to wealthier companies that can afford to pay in order to reach more customers more quickly. The commission is scheduled to vote on the plan on Dec. 14.
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