FCC reinstates ‘net neutrality’ rules

by ian

 

A controversial digital set of guidelines known as “net neutrality” was recently reinstated by the Biden administration.

The Federal Communications Commission reinstated these landmark rules, thereby reassuming regulatory oversight of broadband internet. The FCC voted 3-2 on Thursday to put the rules back in place.

Net neutrality refers to the principle that internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites. The FCC said it was also using its new authority to order some Chinese companies to discontinue broadband internet access services in the U.S.

Reinstating net neutrality, which was initially adopted under the Obama administration, has been a priority for President Joe Biden.

The rules were rescinded during the Trump administration when the FCC argued the net neutrality rules were unnecessary, blocked innovation and resulted in a decline in network investment.

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