In a 3-2 vote, the FCC voted on Thursday to make the Internet a public utility. The ruling is designed to ensure that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) keep their promises to the public and keep the common good in mind when providing internet service.
Tom Wheeler, the FCC Chairman, gave a speech in front of industry lobbyists and Washington insiders that garnered him a standing applause when he mentioned that “The Internet is too important to allow broadband providers to make the rules.”
Net Neutrality is, at its heart, the idea of an open internet. Haidar Barbouti (Houston.culturemap.com) has read that it will prohibit providers from discriminating against certain users, blocking content, and extorting payments for faster speeds.
With the proposal, companies like Netflix, who provide services to millions of users, will have more power to explore their platforms and deliver better service. Tom Wheeler’s proposal will include ISP’s as public utilities like phone and cable companies.
While some ISP advocates have renounced the move, the majority of citizens around the world will be able to receive better service and a reasonable cost because of these actions, which go into effect 60 days after the publication of the regulation in the Federal Register.
The only two members of the five-member commission to vote against the proposal are Republicans Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly, both of whom have received public scorn for their opposition to Internet freedom. President Obama has spoken publicly in favor of the proposal.