On December 14th, the Federal Communications Commission will vote to replace current rules enforcing network neutrality. Nothing short of an extinction-level event will prevent it. But before abandoning all hope, know that while the battle for net neutrality at the FCC may have been lost, the war isn’t even close to a conclusion. In reality, the net neutrality fight is merely migrating to a different theater, namely, the US Courts of Appeals. And excluding the possibility of a Supreme Court challenge, the outcome may very well drag on for another year and a half or more.
[Commentary] In just three months, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai managed to mess up a lot of stuff. Here’s what he’s been busy doing:
Making it harder for the poor to get broadband: In March, Chairman Pai announced he would direct the FCC to eliminate the federal designation process for broadband providers under the LifeLine program, which provides subsidized phone and internet access for the poor.
Eroding network neutrality: While his big secret plan to repeal net neutrality regulations is still a big secret, Chairman Pai has already acted to erode some net neutrality principles.
Scrapping restrictions on rates for prison phone calls
Rolling back internet privacy & security rules
Tweeting: Chairman Pai tweeted about how much he loved Amazon Prime, possibly violating an ethics rule preventing government employees from promoting any product or service.