FCC votes 3-2 in favour of repealing Net Neutrality

15 Dec 2017

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted in favour of repealing the so-called ‘Net Neutrality’ rules at its open meeting on 14 December. The plan, which was pushed through via FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s ‘Restoring Internet Freedom Order’, was approved following a 3-2 vote – split along Republican-Democrat party lines. Pai told NBC News: ‘Prior to 2015, before these regulations were imposed, we had a free and open internet. That is the future as well under a “light touch”, market-based approach. Consumers benefit, entrepreneurs benefit. Everybody in the internet economy is better off with a market based approach.’ The divisive move is expected to generate widespread protests and legal action from defenders of the Obama-era rules.

Net Neutrality is the principle that ISPs must treat all data on the internet equally, and not discriminate or charge differently depending on user, content, website or application.

United States, Federal Communications Commission (FCC)