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The law that saved the Internet
“The revolution will happen when political activists meet hackers.”
Do you support Net Neutrality?
The FCC, on December 14, 2017, removed Net Neutrality regulations that were restricting ISPs from tampering with website speed and quality. If you want to learn more about the future of net neutrality watch this video: FCC Repeals Net Neutrality, but the Battle is NOT Over.
Below is a timeline created by Techcrunch that ingeniously breaks down how Ajit Pai has been working to repeal Net Neutrality for the past year.
- Nov 04, 2016 – Trump: Of course, it all starts here. Net neutrality has been a political football for years, and it was widely expected that if a Republican took office, no matter who, the FCC would reverse or weaken the rules set in 2015. That’s because, owing to the new administration’s appointments, the agency would switch from a one-vote Democratic majority to a one-vote Republican majority.
- Nov 21, 2016 – Transition team goes free market and anti-net-neutrality:
Sure enough, Trump puts Jeffrey Eisenach and Mark Jamison on his transition team. These guys work for right-leaning think tanks and have a history of supporting or working directly for the broadband and mobile industry. The 2015 Open Internet Order was a particular pet peeve of theirs.
Though net neutrality wasn’t much of an issue in the election, these appointments made it clear that it would be a priority going forward.
- Dec 15, 2016 –
Chairman Tom Wheeler steps down:
Tom Wheeler, the FCC Chairman who led the effort to establish the 2015 rules, steps down after the election. This is a normal, expected thing when the administration flips parties, but it definitely hurt to see someone who had fought so strongly for consumer rights leave the stage.
It’s worth noting that when Wheeler was appointed, he was accused because of his work in the industry of being a plant for them. That turned out not to be the case, of course. He has remained outspoken about net neutrality over the last year, though not in any official capacity.
- Dec 19, 2016 –
The FCC promises the cable industry it will kill net neutrality:
With Wheeler out and a new era coming, Commissioners Pai and O’Rielly wrote in December to the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, the NCTA, the American Cable Association, the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association, the Competitive Carriers Association and the Wireless Internet Service Providers Association regarding a transparency rule: “We will seek to revisit those particular requirements, and the Title II Net Neutrality proceeding more broadly, as soon as possible.” Hard to misinterpret that!
- Jan 11, 2017 –
The FCC has “serious concerns” with zero rating:
As a sort of last gasp before inauguration, the remainder of Wheeler’s FCC issues a report after having examined the “zero rating” practices of several companies — meaning their policies of choosing which data and services they charge for and which get a free pass.
The investigation voices “serious concerns” but ultimately all the companies had merely toed the line and were only warned. Remember this report, it comes back in two items.
- Jan 23, 2017 –
Ajit Pai becomes FCC Chairman:
The new administration’s pick for Chairman proves to be Ajit Pai, who has been on the Commission for years and was deadly opposed to the 2015 order. His 67-page dissent issued at the time criticized nearly every aspect of the order and many of its arguments would be reused later this year.
Pai is a smart and savvy man with a background in telecoms law (working for them, naturally, not against), and also a free market believer who thinks that ISPs and corporations in general will work things out on their own if we just give them enough space. As a rule, his actions going forward benefit those companies.
- Feb 03, 2017 –
Just kidding, the FCC has no problem with zero rating:
One of Pai’s first actions is to throw a bunch of recent business down the memory hole. The report from only a few weeks earlier is disavowed, and many other documents and efforts are eliminated with no stated justification.
- Feb 23, 2017 –
FCC begins its PR war against net neutrality:
An order from the FCC purports to “protect small businesses from needless regulation” by exempting ISPs with up to 250,000 subscribers from certain “excessive” transparency rules. Sounds generous!
In reality, less than two dozen ISPs were affected, since ISPs up to 100,000 subscribers were already exempt. Those affected would save approximately 6.8 hours per year in labor each.
Why make such a fuss over such a non-event? Because this was the beginning of the FCC’s charm offensive, attempting to show that it was working to protect businesses and fight against the evil Obama administration’s “onerous” rules.
- Feb 24 2017 -FCC cancels privacy rules before they take effect:
Expanded privacy rules passed by the FCC in 2016 were due to come into effect on March 1, but the Chairman announced today that he wouldn’t let that happen.
A few days later the FCC would indeed vote to prevent those rules from coming into effect, clearing the way for an upcoming Congressional action.
Please follow this link to continue reading TechCrunch’s timeline.