Today, the FCC will unveil its plans for a “full repeal” of net neutrality, which will benefit internet service providers at the cost of the end user.
When FCC chairman Ajit Pai detailed his plan to dismantle net neutrality legislation earlier this year, there was enough public outcry to crash the commission’s website. However, it seems that this wasn’t enough to dissuade Pai, as more information about the dismantling of net neutrality has now been released, ahead of a vote scheduled for December.
The proposed plan is being described as a “full repeal” that will undo previous rulings which classified broadband internet as a utility. As such, providers will be free to tweak the services they offer depending on the content being accessed; allowing them to throttle speeds, charge extra fees, or even block certain sites outright.
“In a few short weeks, the big broadband providers will be free to double their prices, extract extra tolls on fast lanes for online businesses, and track and sell their customers’ web browsing activity,” said Gigi Sohn, ex-counselor to former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, in a statement published to her website. “When they’re done, what will remain of consumer protection on the Internet will be nothing more than a carcass.”…