Pat Quinn: net neutrality vote 'hurts everyone in Illinois'

Pat Quinn: net neutrality vote 'hurts everyone in Illinois'

Pat Quinn: net neutrality vote 'hurts everyone in Illinois'

A legal challenge would extend the torturous journey of a consequential technology policy that began in 2004 under President George W. Bush and that has been approved by the FCC in multiple incarnations, only to be struck down or reversed later. They are now free to block apps, slow websites, or even limit access to certain kinds of content. Public utilities heighten the barriers to entry for cable broadband providers because of higher costs, and in doing so, limit the number of competitors that could provide Internet service. The draft order had said the rule change would take effect 60 days after being published in the Federal Register that chronicles regulatory activity.

Pai said ahead of the vote that his plan would restore "light-touch" rules which allowed the internet to flourish, and promote investments to enable new and emerging services. Pai essentially said that the microblogging platform is a threat to an open internet and the #MeToo movement is on that platform. "Having clear, legally sustainable rules in place finally established rules of the road and provided legal certainty", the Internet Association, a trade group for Web companies, said in comments to the FCC. The FCC voted to eliminate net-neutrality protections for the internet.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration "supports the FCC's effort to roll back burdensome regulations".

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"This decision puts the Federal Communications Commission on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law, and the wrong side of the American public".

Many Republican lawmakers backed Pai, although a few had urged the FCC to delay the vote to allow Congress time to consider legislation.

"It is deeply disturbing that Pai's FCC has refused to take action to combat the threat of identity theft and fake comments in the agency record, and has refused to comply with FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests or requests for information from the New York Attorney General's Investigation", Pelosi said.

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"We'll have plenty to say in court about the legal mistakes littered throughout this decision", said Free Press spokesman Matt Wood. This unprecedented ruling is most likely to mark a new beginning in the U.S internet history amid massive protest and outcry across the country.

Commission member Michael O'Rielly dismissed "fear-mongering" by neutrality backers. Net-neutrality activists argued that if providers could discriminate between different types of traffic, they would have far too much power over the internet.

The cringe-worthy attempt to reach Millennials by using the 2013 track and phenomenon caught the attention of the producer, who immediately voiced his opposition to his song being used for Pai's agenda. In the early days of the internet this principle was not really necessary as the pipe companies could not see differences in the content they were carrying (part of the reason they are called "dumb pipes", at least by some).

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But Ed Black of the Computer & Communications Industry Association, which represents major tech firms such as Google and Facebook, said internet users should be wary of such promises. The intention was to keep the internet open and fair.

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