2017-05-15 18:05:53

Trumps FCC Is Racing to Overturn Net Neutrality

GUEST: Ernesto Falcon, Legislative Counsel with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

BACKGROUND: The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on its 2015 "net neutrality" rules next week. The term "net neutrality" is considered to be a basic principal of the Internet that prohibits service providers from "speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites."

A new poll by a telecomm industry trade group has found massive public support for preserving net neutrality, but under FCC chair Ajit Pai, all that is now in question. Pai has paid lip service to preserving net neutrality but is racing to undermine it.

Meanwhile, TV host John Oliver recently covered the FCC and net neutrality on his show, urging his viewers to post their comments to the FCC's website. When it's servers crashed, the FCC claimed it was the victim of a cyber attack without offering proof.

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