As 'net neutrality' vote nears, some brace for a long fight

As 'net neutrality' vote nears, some brace for a long fight

In 2015, Obama created rules to maintain an open internet, and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and two Republican commissioners have expressed that they want to end this practice, after only two years. If a majority of the FCC votes for gutting net neutrality, your internet risks being limited to websites belonging to companies that can afford to pay off the cable companies to prioritize their content. To prepare for the vote, net neutrality advocates have said they are readying themselves for a legal battle, according to Reuters.

Pranksters projected the words "Property of Verizon" on the headquarters of the Federal Communications Commission ahead of a vote to overturn net neutrality, a move that stands to enrich telecom companies.

Net neutrality proponents argued that the FCC needs net neutrality to prevent ISPs from unfairly blocking, throttling, or preferring some content, while conservatives argued that net neutrality would diminish the freedom of the internet.

Democrats and Silicon Valley companies argued that content providers can not compete on an even playing field without net neutrality.

The FCC rejected previous calls to delay the vote and will likely not change its position on the matter. Some net-neutrality supporters hope to ride that wave of public opinion into the 2018 elections.

"Washington state will act under our own authority and under our own laws and under our own jurisdiction to protect the very important measure of net neutrality for all Washington citizens", he said.

The FCC is also attempting to change the classification of ISPs to content providers, a less regulated category. In addition to supporting the Save Net Neutrality Act, Higgins co-signed a letter led by Congressman Mike Doyle, ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, calling for the measure to be removed from the FCC's agenda.

While these corporations are supposed to serve the function of a public utility, they clearly exist to serve the interests of their elite shareholders and executives - pursuing lax regulations and maximum profit rather than transparency or consumer choice.

The FCC is set to vote on the repeal proposal Thursday morning.

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