FCC And Net Neutrality Rule Gets Thumbs Up
By: Jennifer Hong
Published: Dec 22, 2021
FCC and Net Neutrality rule gets thumbs up. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said Net Neutrality requires Internet providers to be fair. The approval came Tuesday designed to ensure that high-speed Internet profiders grant everyone equal access to the Web.
Net Neutrality won by a 3-2 vote but came under immediate attack from both flanks. The Internet-freedom advocates say the new rules don't go far enough. Critics argue the government should stay out of online business altogether.
In announcing the proposed rules this month, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said they would require high-speed internet providers to treat all types of Web content equally.
The rules are designed to, in effect, keep the companies that own the internet's real-world infrastructure from slowing down some types of websites or apps -- say, those belonging to a competitor -- or speeding up others for high-paying clients.
For average internet users, the vote affects whether government will guarantee they'll continue to have access to all Web content, regardless of their internet provider's wishes, and whether they'll get that content as quickly as businesses or individuals able to pay more for it.