A Trump FCC advisor’s proposal for bringing free Internet to poor people


Source: Ars Technica
Author: Jon Brodkin
Coverage Type: reporting
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Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

One of the most immediate changes with the Chairman Ajit Pai Federal Communications Commission was that the FCC leadership now fully supports zero-rating, the practice in which Internet service providers exempt some websites and online services from data caps, often in exchange for payment from the websites. Zero-rating is controversial in the US and abroad, with many consumer advocates and regulators saying it violates the net neutrality principle that all online content should be treated equally by network providers. But some zero-rating proponents believe it can serve a noble purpose—bringing Internet access to poor people who otherwise would not be online.

That's the view of Roslyn Layton, who served on Presidnet Trump's FCC transition team, does telecommunication research at Aalborg University in Denmark, and works as a visiting fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute. Layton believes that zero-rating should be used to get poor people on the Internet in the US, similar to the "Free Basics" program that Facebook has implemented with mobile carriers in developing countries.

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The zero rating of ISP owned streaming websites is unfair competition and violates anti-trust laws.

CurtisNeeley on May 19, 2017 - 4:40pm.

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