FCC Votes to Regulate Internet Access
In a vote of three in favor and two opposed, the FCC voted to approve regulating Internet service like a public utility, prohibiting companies from paying for faster lanes on the Internet. In other words, net neutrality won out over the objection of major carriers (AT&T, Verizon, ComCast, et.al.). A brief video explaining net neutrality is featured below:
Rather than inhibit Internet infrastructure expansion, I believe that creating a level playing field for everyone will foster greater growth and fuel the necessary expansion accordingly. Republicans had signaled their opposition to FCC regulation but, according to the New York Times, it appears unlikely they will attempt legislation to block it.
This is a big win for most users. Now we have a more equitable framework in which to coexist with large corporate interests. Users will also have a forum through which to voice complaints about their Internet Service Provider (ISP). Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see how far into this new day we can go before legal challenges are launched.
Stay tuned…. The story is still unfolding.