The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States will put to a vote on December 14 a proposal from its president, the Republican Ajit Pai, to reverse the neutrality of the network approved by Barack Obama in 2015.
This proposal would grant Internet providers almost total freedom to manage web traffic.
The proposal, known as Restoring The Internet Freedom, was announced by the president of the government agency on Tuesday, through a statement on the official website of the FCC.
In this way, on December 14 the proposal is voted. Among the measures that are considered, it highlights the fact that the FCC will only require Internet providers ‘to be transparent in their practices with consumers’.
This measure aims to eliminate the neutrality of the network approved in 2015.
This law considers Internet companies as providers of information, and not as a product, and requires them to offer a uniform service, without allowing, for example, faster connections to websites that pay more.
The chairman of the commission announced that the FCC will be the body in charge of protecting consumer privacy, one of the aspects regulated by the Open Internet Law of 2015.
With the new law, it is intended to grant greater freedom for companies and more competitiveness, which will favor investments in the sector and innovation.
Most likely, the proposal will reach the necessary vote, since it has the positive votes confirmed by Pai and Republican Commissioner Brendan Carr, so that the Republicans will have a total of three of the five votes of the FCC.
The Democratic Party has already expressed its opposition to Pai’s initiative. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworsel made a statement in which she criticized that the measure only ‘favors cable telephone companies’ and that it will allow providers ‘to decide which voices to amplify and which sites can be visited’.
Rosenworsel believes that Pai’s proposal accelerates the censorship of content and also highlights the need to directly contact US Internet users before approving the motion, requesting a series of public hearings.