Sunday December 18, 2016

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Departure Is Death Knell For Net Neutrality

Wheeler has announced that he will be leaving the FCC in January, and it is predicted that net neutrality will die with his departure. The President-Elect is no fan of it and will likely appoint a successor that will roll it all back.

Wheeler’s departure likely spells the end of network neutrality, a set of rules the FCC adopted under Wheeler’s leadership in 2015 which prevent internet providers like Comcast* and Verizon from charging websites like Netflix and Twitter a fee to reach internet users at faster speeds. Without network neutrality, smaller or new online businesses that can’t afford to pay for a faster service tier آ— especially if websites that are already extremely profitable, like Facebook, get to set the price آ— would load slower, likely causing users to navigate away to a faster-loading site.

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