Net Neutrality And FCC



  • G.S. Paper 3
  • About FCC and its impact on net neutrality
  • Net neutrality in US and India

How FCC has voted against net neutrality in US?

  • The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines  repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.
  • The approval of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal in a 3-2 vote marked a victory for internet service providers such as AT&T Inc, Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc and hands them power over what content consumers can access. It also is the biggest win for Pai in his sweeping effort to undo many telecommunications regulations since taking over at the agency in January.

Who all wanted to end net neutrality regime?

  • Democrats, Hollywood and companies such as Google parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc had urged Pai, a Republican appointed by U.S. President Donald Trump, to keep the Obama-era rules barring service providers from blocking, slowing access to or charging more for certain content.
  • The new rules give internet service providers sweeping powers to change how consumers access the internet but must have new transparency requirements that will require them to disclose any changes to consumers.

How can this decision of FCC impact net neutrality in INDIA?

  • Impact of the decision of FCC will be minimal in INDIA as Trai has already takes decision on the same.
  • Moreover, in the past TRAI has already cancelled the free basics of Facebook and Plan zero of airtel.





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