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The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to start the process to repeal the controversial net neutrality regulations on Thursday.
Internet freedom was once a decades-long, bipartisan consensus. In 1996, President Bill Clinton and a Republican Congress passed the Telecommunications Act of 1996, stating that the United States would “preserve the vibrant and competitive free market that presently exists for the Internet . . . unfettered by Federal or State regulation.”
Net neutrality passed under former Democrat Tom Wheeler’s FCC in 2010. The rule, known as the Open Internet Order, reclassified the internet as a public monopoly. Critics chided the rule, stating that it would diminish the freedom of the internet. Proponents argue that the regulations prevent Internet service providers from discriminating against content providers.
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Some want the internet to be a public utility, which means government control, some want an open marketplace where the customer makes the choice, and the provider either gives what is desired or loses business. There's little incentive for competition in Title II industries, or need to expand infrastructure as the govt determines winners and losers by price fixing, or as commonly referred to as rates allowed.