FCC Deep-Sixes Obama’s ‘Heavy-Handed’ Internet Regs
OneNewsNow discusses the repeal of Net Neutrality regulations with Ryan Radia.
On Thursday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted along party lines to undo “Net Neutrality” rules put in place during the Obama administration. The stated purpose for Net Neutrality was to ensure Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all content equally; and those in favor of it argue that companies such as Netflix or Amazon pay to speed up traffic to their websites. At that time, the FCC claimed it had authority to do Net Neutrality based on Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.
Meanwhile, Ryan Radia of the Competitive Enterprise Institute says users can still get on Facebook, surf YouTube, and even binge watch Netflix without Net Neutrality.
“I can pretty much guarantee it,” he says. “If you are a consumer and you want to know what’s going to happen now that Net Neutrality regulation has been taken off the book, the answer is probably nothing for the short-term. Your Internet experience is not going to change dramatically; probably not at all, in fact. It’ll more or less be the same, at least for the time being.”
In the longer run, Radia says consumers may see changes that are beneficial, perhaps even some arrangements involving ISPs and content companies like Netflix that Radia says could mean lower bills for Internet users.
“[I think] that’s … a little longer on the horizon maybe in a few years, rather than in the immediate term, [but] there is nothing to worry about right now,” he continues. “Your ability to binge-watch over the holidays is not going to be affected by the FCC decision, no matter what you hear from left-wing activists and certain companies that have a self-interest in not having to pay for any of this infrastructure.”
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