The FCC has voted in a 3-to-2 vote to establish new rules for the Internet, and reclassify the Internet as a Title II service, which will mean greater regulation.
The FCC has voted in favor of Net Neutrality, which would start by reclassifying the Internet as a Title II service. The reclassification is one that has been fought hard by telecommunication companies, as well as advocates of what was at one time a free Internet. However, over the course of the last several months, and even years – those in favor of making the Internet truly equal again have been harshly in favor of Net Neutrality.
Ultimately, the move to reclassify the Internet as a Title II service will mean that the telecommunication companies will not be able to charge fees and higher rates for faster access, faster lanes through the Internet and better service. That means companies like Google and Netflix won’t have to fight with telecommunication companies over the prices they pay to have their service made possible online. However, many are arguing that the impending court battle that will take place over Net Neutrality will far outweigh any positives that might have otherwise existed.
That being said, the telecommunication companies like Verizon and Comcast argue that it will ultimately cost their customers more as they are forced to pass on the added cost of regulation – that has been at the center of every American fear regarding the Internet. While the FCC has made a solid argument for creating these enforcements, and reasoning for reclassifying the Internet as a Title II service, which began when President Obama began the push himself last year – the thought of allowing the government to regulate the Internet seems almost as bad as the telecommunication companies controlling it themselves.
That being said though, while the move should feel no immediate impacts – it is one that will definitely raise some eyebrows in the coming days and months – as telecommunication companies begin pushing back against that harsh legislation. It has been argued that companies like Verizon and Comcast will stop developing in regions where Internet access currently doesn’t exist due to the new regulation. This though is only the first step in what will become a very long, and very legal process actually to make these regulations a reality.