Neutrality in the network is over

Neutrality in the network is over

By Agencia EFE 06/10/2018 | 08: 55 a.m.

Net neutrality, the principle that guaranteed equal access to the Internet in the United States, will be officially eliminated tomorrow, June 11, despite the efforts of the Democratic opposition to avoid it. The norm of neutrality in the network, approved in 2015 under the mandate of the then President Barack Obama (2009-2017), prevented internet providers from blocking or slowing down traffic in any portal at their whim, protecting it as a public service. However, on December 14 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a new law that ends the well-known neutrality, thanks to the Republican majority in the institution that fulfilled the conservative aspirations in an area that has generated a strong polarization in the last years. “Now, on June 11, these unnecessary and harmful Internet regulations will be repealed and the bipartisan approach that worked in the online world for 20 years will be restored,” said in May the FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, appointed by the President, Donald Trump. Starting on Monday, when the new norm comes into full effect, Internet service providers (ISPs) will be able to block or slow down their access to any webpage regardless of their content, including media or video platforms. . What is most worrying to the technology sector and consumer associations is the revolution of the business model that it will entail, since it leaves the door open for companies to establish packages of products with higher and lower speeds, including and vetoing content platforms as Netflix. The rule sparked multiple lawsuits, including by a coalition of 22 US attorneys general, who asked the Court of Appeals of the District of Columbia to review the FCC’s decision, which they considered “arbitrary, capricious and an abuse.” In recent weeks, Senate Democrats activated a congressional mechanism aimed at reversing federal agency decisions (CRAs). By a narrow margin of 52 votes in favor and 47 votes against, the Liberals managed to save in the Upper House the first obstacle to reverse it, but they did not reach the second necessary link: the vote in the House of Representatives, where the overwhelming Republican majority has prevented the vote.

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