Long-awaited U.S. rules addressing the hot-button issue of balancing consumer and content providers' interests against those of Internet service providers will take effect on November 20.
The regulations covering so-called Net neutrality, published in the Federal Register on Friday, are sure to trigger legal and congressional challenges. They were adopted by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission late last year after a lengthy debate.
While I'm all for keeping the internet free of restrictions and toll systems I take this with a grain of salt, the government is handing down regulations which suggests the government is in control of the internet. If they are it won't take long before political agendas and lobbying hits the weak spots.
When the current White House says he is the arbitrator of the 'world wide internet', the internet is no longer a 'right' but a 'privilege' in so many terms.
The political appointed, unelected FCC members voted on unilateral regulation – not a Congressional vote on legislation. The D.C. Circuit Court, which ruled unanimously that the FCC doesn’t have the authority which makes it a power grab.