Democratic Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel dissented against the US Federal Communications Commission’s 3-2 vote to dismantle net neutrality. Read the the two dissenters’ statements.
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.
Anti-semitism, racism and other prejudices are on the rise in most established democracies. Still, silencing white supremacists on the Internet is counterproductive. It would only lead to more senseless acts violence similar to those perpetrated by Anders Breivik and Rhodesia-inspired Dylann Roof.
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 Canadian net neutrality success story is notable for how the government, regulator, many companies, and the public have supported net neutrality policies, writes Michael Geist, the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa.
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.
Google is the latest tech company to drop the longstanding wall between anonymous online ad tracking and user’s names.