Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed plan to dismantle net neutrality threatens democracy and the free exchange of ideas and information via the Internet. Even if the FCC votes to repeal net neutrality this week, the fight to save the must continue.
Back in April, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruled in favour of net neutrality and declared that “Internet service providers should treat data traffic equally to foster consumer choice, innovation and the free exchange of ideas.” Bell Media, one of Canada’s “big three” telecom companies, wants to change all that.
It’s the day a coalition of websites, technology companies, digital rights organizations, and internet users joined forces to to protest the Federal Communications Commission’s plan “to toss out net neutrality rules that preserve Internet freedom and prevent cable and telecommunications companies from controlling what we can see and do online.”
The election of Donald Trump as US president, and appointment of pro-industry Ajit Pai as the commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, will have a lasting negative impact on net neutrality, a cornerstone of the open Internet.
In a decision likely to have implications for net neutrality, the CRTC has ruled that Bell and Vidéotron’s mobile TV practices violate the Telecommunications Act.
Today, The Canadian Progressive joins millions of websites, digital rights organizations and Internet freedom fighters demanding stronger “net neutrality” protections.