The FCC voted in favor of the Open Internet Order, new net neutrality rules that would prohibit paid Internet paid fast lanes, and reclassify broadband providers as telecommunication services under the Title II of the Telecommunications Act, among other regulations. The rules were passed by a 3-2 vote along party lines, with Commissioners Ajut Pai and Michael O’Rielly (Republicans) voting against the measure and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn, Jessica Rosenworcel and Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler (Democrats) voting in favor of the order.
The Federal Communications Commission Thursday passed sweeping new net neutrality rules, a government promise of unrestricted internet across America and a major milestone in the shift in American corporate power to Silicon Valley.
The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to approve strong net neutrality rules in a stunning decision that defies vocal, months-long opposition by telecom and cable companies and Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Today, the FCC voted 3-2 in favor of rules that reclassify broadband Internet service
as a utility, effectively stopping service providers from blocking
sites or apps, charging users extra to surf the Web at full speed or
operating paid “fast lanes” for specific services or websites like
Netflix or YouTube. And though we’re not completely out of the woods yet, this is huge news.
FCC Chairman finally admits there will be internet taxes...after passing Net Neutrality, of course
Repeat this to yourself: Government never gets smaller.
When we tried to warn everyone that so-called “Net Neutrality” would eventually lead to massive tax hikes we had people laugh at us and write us angry emails, politely informing us that we didn’t know what we were talking about. Well how about now?
From CNS News:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler acknowledged in congressional testimony today that an Internet tax—which he had previously said would not be imposed—could be imposed in the future. Wheeler’s remarks came during a Tuesday appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he was asked to shed light on the process by which the FCC passed rules last month regulating the Internet. Wheeler’s admission came after Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) asked him to go on the record with his previous assurances that there would be no new taxes. A fact sheet Wheeler issued about the rules on February 4 stated: “The Order will not impose, suggest or authorize any new taxes or fees—there will be no automatic Universal Service fees applied and the congressional moratorium on Internet taxation applies to broadband.”
However, the new FCC rules reclassified Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as Title II utilities, which are normally subjected to a USF fee. The fund is meant to enable the provision of universal service to customers of the utilities that contribute. The commission’s decision granted ISPs “forbearance” from the requirement to pay the fee, but it would not protect them from contrary decisions in the future. In fact, two FCC members warned in dissenting opinions that a new Internet tax was imminent.