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Reddit’s diverse subreddits in an uproar over FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed net neutrality repeal

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American internet users are facing a dire situation: The FCC has officially started its net neutrality repeal. The FCC’s move would end strong net neutrality protections and additionally stop states from enacting their own net neutrality rules. The telecom lobby has successfully pushed for that last caveat – likely because they saw the uproar of state level internet privacy activism after their repeal of internet privacy protections earlier this year. Several states and even some cities, proposed local laws that would maintain the stricken federal protections. The new proposed destruction of net neutrality will be revealed for all to see today. Each time that net neutrality, and the financial censorship that results, has come up in the past (like with SOPA and PIPA)- the internet has banded together to defeat the challenge.

FCC Chairman unveils Net Neutrality repeal

On Tuesday, the FCC Chairman released a statement about his proposed net neutrality repeal. Pai wrote in his editorial about his net neutrality proposal:

“Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet. Instead, the FCC would simply require internet service providers to be transparent about their practices so that consumers can buy the service plan that’s best for them and entrepreneurs and other small businesses can have the technical information they need to innovate.”

Under Pai’s plan, the FCC will hand off regulation in this space to the  Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The FTC would handle all competition related disputes, and police ISPs if they violate their stated policies… In practice, experts say that the FTC is not prepared to handle that load – meaning the end internet user will likely suffer.

Opposition to Ajit Pai’s “Restoring Internet Freedom”

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