The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just voted to remove Net Neutrality regulations from the internet. Net Neutrality keeps the internet running smoothly for everyone, and keeps costs down. Removing these regulations will allow a handful of large internet service providers to pick winners and losers by charging more money for faster internet service and more exposure. Ultimately that means the cost gets passed down to all of us. Additionally, a website like this may lose equal footing on the internet. Your small business might too.
Despite the absurd claims by the FCC chair that this repeals “the Obama Administration’s heavy-handed regulations,” these are principles and policies that go back over 50 years.
In short, this is bad news. The good news is there are remedies. As the conservative editors at the National Review point out, Net Neutrality is something that Congress can deal with directly. There seems to be growing support in that direction, but we can’t know if or when that might happen.
Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington Announced a Plan to Protect Net Neutrality
“On the eve of an expected vote by the Federal Communications Commission to roll back crucial net neutrality rules, Gov. Jay Inslee joined Attorney General Bob Ferguson, legislators, and business leaders to announce state plans to preserve an open internet and protect Washington consumers from internet companies that are not transparent about costs or services.
While the FCC’s vote will preempt states from ensuring full net neutrality, there are a number of steps that can be taken at the state level to promote an open internet and strengthen protections for consumers.
Inslee’s proposal would make Washington state the first in the nation to act on net neutrality.”
Can Nevada Follow Washington’s Lead?
I’ve reached out to Governor Sandoval’s office for comment. I will update the post if I receive a response. In the meantime, you can give him a shoutout on Twitter here.