The dismantling of net neutrality and what you can still do

Net neutrality has been on everyone’s mind these days, since commissioners at the US Federal Communications Commission have voted to overturn rules that would force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal.

“This is the right way to go,” said FCC chairman Ajit Pai ahead of the vote on May 18th, quoted by BBC. In an official statement, FCC officials added that they expected the proposed changes to “substantially benefit consumers and the marketplace”. They also mentioned that before the rules were changed in 2015, they helped to preserve a “flourishing free and open internet for almost 20 years”.

 

But what is net neutrality and why is it important to us, Internet users?

It’s simple. When we go online, we have certain expectations. We want to be able to connect to any site we want, without any data restrictions from ISPs, because we expect to be in control of our Internet experience.

This is basically what net neutrality is. This basic principle prohibits Internet Service Providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the internet has always worked, preserving our right to communicate freely online.

 

What is left to do

The most important part of the proposed net neutrality rollback is changing broadband internet from being classified as a Title II service back to a Title I service. Title I has fewer rules regarding how traffic over the network is treated. Under Title II, internet is regulated like a utility and requires that all data across the network be treated equally so long as it doesn’t violate any laws. Under Title I however, ISPs are free to prioritize data as they see fit and even charge more to guarantee better service. This is of growing concern as the line between service providers and content providers continues to blur.

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On May 18th, the FCC decided to end a net neutrality order enacted in 2015. However, the vote by the FCC is only the first stage in the process of dismantling the net neutrality regulations.

The agency is now inviting public comment on whether it should indeed dismantle the rules. Americans have until mid-August to share their views with the FCC. This is the link you can go to and state your opinion about the initiative, by simply pushing the “Express” button and showing your support for net neutrality (do not let yourself fooled by the misleading “Restoring Internet Freedom” title, it’s quite the opposite of the FCC’s initiative).

Many voices are making themselves heard against the dismantling of net neutrality. An important advocate of net neutrality is comedian and political commentator John Oliver, who dedicated an entire episode of his show, “Last Week Tonight” to the issue:

 

How CyberGhost can help you

Since the data between your device and the CyberGhost VPN servers is encrypted, your ISP has no idea what websites you are connecting to. All your Internet provides can see is that you are sending encrypted data to a distant computer so they can’t slow you down based on the sites you are contacting.

Download CyberGhost VPN at this link and get the benefit of a truly neutral and private Internet experience. All you need to do is connect to a CyberGhost server from a country where net neutrality still reigns (so the only exception from our country list may be the United States in case net neutrality is indeed fully dismantled).

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Corina Dobre
Corina Dobre

A professional wordsmith, Corina has improved her writing skills through extensive experiences in journalism, advertising and marketing. Curious by nature, she enjoys learning foreign languages and discovering everything, as well as everyone around her.

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  • Why should America become NOT net neutral? Does not make any sense and until they do no one need to put up with it.

  • What this fails to take into account is that many of us are opposed to excessive government regulations (I for one trust government less than any scammer or malware developer), and this also falsely claims that the FCC has done anything to do anything prior to, or even after, the passing of the net neutrality laws. In addition, eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, and Yahoo are in favor of net neutrality. According to the conjecture stated here, these large companies would benefit from the repeal of net neutrality. So, why are they for net neutrality?

    • Hi Jason and thank you for your comment! Let me answer to some of the points you brought into our attention. First of all, nowhere in this article was it mentioned that eBay, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, and Yahoo are in favor of net neutrality. We only mentioned Internet Service Providers to be in favor of the dismantling of net neutrality, because they would potentially gain money from this. Indeed, Yahoo is owned by Verizon, but Verizon was only referred to in the article as an ISP. Furthermore since we we do not represent any of the above-mentioned companies, we cannot give you the exact reasons for their support of net neutrality, but it probably has to do with being politically correct.

      Second of all, what do you mean about FCC’s involvement in this? They are doing their best to dismantle net neutrality and we strongly advise you to express your opinion about their initiative here.

  • You’re being deceptive. Why?

    “(do not let yourself fooled by the misleading “Restoring Internet Freedom” title, it’s quite the opposite of the FCC’s initiative).” Do the opposite of the opposite!?!?!? Excuse me?!?!?!?

    • Hi, James. The title is the opposite to what the initiative represents, we were not advising anyone to do the opposite of the opposite.

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