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Ajit Pai named FCC Chairman – will net neutrality be first to go?

(BUSINESS NEWS) Many advocates of net neutrality are concerned that the rules could be overturned under Pai’s leadership. What does the future have in store?

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Source of conflict

Now that Ajit Pai has been named the chairman of the FCC, is net neutrality in danger?

First, some background. Natalie Earhart, another writer with The American Genius explains net neutrality better than I could: “If you want to continue accessing content free from your internet service provider’s biases, you support net neutrality.”

The net neutrality rules were adopted in 2015. Providers cannot play favorites with the content that users want to access.

Where Chairman Pai stands

Pai wants to stifle net neutrality saying that the rules hold back innovation, investment, and job creation. He has been critical of the rules since before they were adapted. Before Pai stepped into leadership at the FCC, the FCC accused AT&T of streaming sponsored data faster than the streaming rivals, which gives the company an unfair advantage.

Now that Pai is at the helm, it’s unlikely the FCC will push back.

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Net neutrality is at risk under the new Trump administration.

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What can consumers do?

Although Pai doesn’t normally side with net neutrality proponents, most agree that he is willing to listen to both sides. Most importantly, consumers need to be proactive and make sure the government knows where consumers stand.

At a federal level, the FCC and our legislators need to know that these rules are supported by voters and businesses.

Write to your representatives. If you need help with a letter, Freepress, a nonpartisan organization, offers samples.

Work locally for more options

Local activism is another route that can be taken. According to The Journal, in Texas, statutory language prohibits municipal broadband. Municipal broadband markets have the potential to increase internet access in areas that are underserved. These public companies can open competition in rural communities that often only have one internet provider option.

Working at the state level to change these laws might be a way to protect net neutrality that bypasses the federal government.


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Dawn Brotherton is a Sr. Staff Writer at The American Genius with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Oklahoma. She is an experienced business writer with over 10 years of experience in SEO and content creation. Since 2017, she has earned $60K+ in grant writing for a local community center, which assists disadvantaged adults in the area.

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  1. Praveen

    January 26, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    ‘Investment’ alone, and nothing related to innovation would be the net result of the bandwidth game & giving control of the L1-L3 in networking to monopolize. Let there be another cable in parallel to every internet user.

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