If you live in the United States of America, you’ve probably heard the phrase net neutrality tossed around news circles in passing weeks.
What Is Net Neutrality?
Net neutrality, short for Internet neutrality, is the requirement that Internet service providers (ISPs) within the United States of America or those providing Internet connection to American citizens provide equal access to all web pages, regardless of their content.
ISPs can’t give particular customers faster Internet or restrict others’ Internet bandwidth – in other words, the allowance of Internet connection paying customers are allotted to visit sites they wish – all thanks to a 2015 law enacted by the Federal Communications Commission, which classified Internet service providers as common carriers of Internet access, made under Title 2 of the Communications Act of 1934.
In English – translated from legalese, that is – the Communications Act of 1934 provides reasonable faculties of vehicles of communications at affordable prices, pretty much providing United States citizens the right to an equal right to utilize phone, mail, radio, television and other forms of communication.
What’s The Problem With Repealing Net Neutrality Guidelines?
Ajit Pai, the current Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), wants to repeal laws and mandates in the United States of America that uphold net neutrality in our great country.
Pai began his relatively young career as an attorney, quickly moving to a position at Verizon Communications in 2001. Two years later, in 2003, he became a government employee for the first time, ever since holding various positions throughout the United States government.
The Chairman, who has held the position since late 2012, is believed to be driven to repeal net neutrality protection in the United States of America because he wants to please Verizon Communications and other Internet service providers.
Funny Business Rergarding The Recent Net Neutrality Open Comment Period
Most government agencies in the United States hold open comment periods prior to making potentially life- and community-changing decisions. The FCC held a digital comment session earlier this year
Jeff Kao, a well-recognized data scientist, found that some comments were made by people who’d already passed away, which is obviously impossible. He also found widespread similarities among comments supporting the potential repeal.
In short, about 1.3 million fake comments were generated in support of a net neutrality repeal. The State of New York is currently evaluating the fraudulent activity.