After more than a year of deliberation, the FCC has finally decided on its net neutrality rules going forward. In a 3-2 vote, the FCC has approved Title II. Arguments on both sides of the debate had their chances to speak, and did so at length.
These new implementations will reclassify the Internet as a utility, and prevent ISPs and wireless providers from discriminating which content gets pushed, allowed, or slowed through their networks. Since these new regulations will include wireless service providers, this will directly affect those in the U.S. that get their cell phone service from any of the big four major carriers.
To those opposing net neutrality, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, “This is no more a plan to regulate the internet than the first amendment is a plan to regulate free speech.”
The battle is still far from over though. We can definitely expect major cable and corporate lobbyists to start appeals against this decision that will surely be drawn for a long time to come.
For a full video recap of the FCC meeting, check out the link below.