US FCC pushes for net neutrality revival in the face of ISP resistance

The US government, led by the FCC and Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, is working to revive net neutrality rules. These rules prevent ISPs from restricting internet access. The proposal faces opposition from ISPs and is part of a broader discussion on internet regulation in the US.

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The US government is taking steps to bring back net neutrality regulations, which aim to maintain an open and fair internet. These regulations ensure that internet service providers (ISPs), like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon, can’t block or slow down your access to websites and online content. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is spearheading this effort, treating internet service as ‘essential telecommunications,’ just like traditional phone services. These rules also prevent ISPs from creating ‘ast lanes’ on the internet for websites willing to pay extra fees.

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel believes these rules address broader consumer concerns, including cybersecurity, spam robotexts, digital privacy, and expanding high-speed internet access. Reclassifying ISPs under Title II of the FCC’s regulations gives the FCC more authority to handle these issues. The proposed rules also align with the Biden administration’s goal of widespread, affordable broadband. The FCC plans to vote on these rules in October, opening the door for public input. The ongoing debate over net neutrality highlights the absence of federal legislation for a consistent standard, leading to changing rules with political shifts. If approved, the regulations will prompt a spirited public discussion on the future of internet regulation in the United States.