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The Inquirer: The global Internet will suffer if net neutrality falls

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:49 -- Eva Prkachin

Think that the Internet slow lane will only affect Internet users in America? Think again.

Article by Chris Merriman for the Inquirer

Last Thursday the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted by a three to two margin to move forward with chairman Tom Wheeler's proposals to gut net neutrality rules in the USA. But what exactly does that mean? And why should we, on a small island 3,000 miles away, care anyway?

It all started in January when US internet service provider (ISP) Verizon successfully appealed against FCC Open Internet Order 2010, arguing that because internet service had been classified as an "information service" rather than a "telecommunications service", the FCC had no right to enforce net neutrality rules under the common carrier regulations that had been the backbone of the 2010 rules, and a cornerstone of the Obama administration.

Since then, the FCC had been holding out from making a definite decision, beyond confirming that it did not plan to appeal the appellate court ruling.

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