FCC’s Restoration of Internet Freedom Begins

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The FCC’s Restoring Internet Freedom begins today whether we like it or not.

Cable and broadband providers are surely jumping for joy. The federal agency’s decision to repeal net neutrality will surely take place. Consumers, officials, and diverse advocate groups are sure, not happy with what the open internet has become of. The agency’s Restoring Internet Freedom will replace the open internet principles that used to prohibit blocking, throttling, and the employment of paid prioritization.

Chairman Ajit Pai and his agency voted in December to dismantle the 2015 Open Internet Order or Title II service. The guidelines created under the Obama-era has been defied by the Trump- appointed former Verizon lawyer. He said he wants to close the digital divide, but as more people see it, the gap is only getting wider.

And since that the internet in the US will be regulated differently, internet users should expect that how they access the web will no longer be the same. They will soon have a hard time accessing contents from traditional websites and experience slow or slower connection. For them to get a faster connection, they may need to pay extra costs.

The Restoring Internet Freedom order should have taken place in April but required first the approval of the Office of Management and Budget. Pai said that the repeal would remove burdensome regulations that prevent telecom companies expand their business for innovation.

Paid said last month, “June 11 is significant because it will be the first time in the over 15 year battle over net neutrality that the FCC will have essentially no role in preserving an open Internet and overseeing the broadbanthehill.com/…/391309-american-businesses-and-our-economy-need-net-neutralityd market.”

In business, the speed of the internet is necessary likewise in the education sector. Online students and job seekers rely on the internet to acquire knowledge, get an exam, and seek jobs. Once the Restoring Internet Freedom begins, there is no assurance that the internet traffic will be blocked or throttled. To some extent, other contents could be preferred over the other.

According to an Aberdeen Group study in 2008, if the page load time is delayed even for a second, the page views will become 11% fewer, a decline of 16% in customer satisfaction, and shrinkage of 7% in growth. Almost 80% of customers who stick around for more than 3 seconds for a company’s website to load will no longer shop there anymore.

What concern business and net neutrality proponents about the Restoring Internet Freedom order is the new authority given to the providers that will be used against poor consumers.  They deliver a demanding role in operating businesses and because of that, they are well reimbursed. The government has no justification to give them the authorization to transpose the free market of the internet into a discretionary “pay for play” scheme where they can decide who will win and who will not.

The Decenternet network perfectly understands the sentiments and the needs of the consumers especially internet users. That is why it provides them with unrestricted access to both decentralized and centralized network. All of the contents that they need and want to access will not be discriminated because the platform treats them equally.


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