Thursday, May 25, 2017

Six Things Trump’s FCC Chairman Doesn’t Want You to Know About Net Neutrality

Originally published at BillMoyers.com

For Net Neutrality supporters the last week felt like déjà vu.

Under its Trump-anointed chairman, Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission decided last Thursday to revisit its Net Neutrality ruling.

The agency reopened a docket for public comments on Pai’s proposal to undermine the safeguards needed to prevent internet service providers from blocking, throttling or de-prioritizing the online content people want to see.

The last time the agency did this, in 2014 and 2015, it unleashed a torrent of public comments in support of the idea that the open internet should have basic protections under the law. Four million people voiced their concerns via the agency’s beleaguered website. The vast majority of these comments supported meaningful Net Neutrality protections.