wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

FCC Plans Vote to Reinstate Net Neutrality Rules in the U.S.

Net neutrality rules were rolled back in 2017 by FCC Chairperson Jessica Rosenworcel’s predecessor Ajit Pai. Pai had used the lack of competition in broadband as a reason for undoing Net Neutrality regulations.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to reinstate net neutrality in the country and take regulatory control over broadband internet that had been rolled back in 2017, according to a report by Reuters. “Net neutrality refers to the principle that internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites,” FCC chairperson Jessica Rosenworcel told Reuters. Rosenworcel had proposed the revival of net neutrality rules in September last year. Then, in October, the FCC began proceedings on restoring open internet protections for consumers and businesses. It also sought comments on how to ensure broadband services had effective oversight.

Net neutrality rules were rolled back in 2017 by Rosenworcel’s predecessor Ajit Pai. Pai had used the lack of competition in broadband as a reason for undoing Net Neutrality regulations, essentially equating the removal of net neutrality as a means of reducing government restrictions.

Why it matters:

Net neutrality ensures that all internet users are treated equally. If internet service providers (ISPs) are allowed to charge platforms for faster speeds, it creates barriers to entry wherein only those who have the resources to pay to get access to their websites sped up have the opportunity to get their content noticed by the desired audience.

What were the US’s net neutrality rules?

Net neutrality principles ensure that all online service providers are treated equally. The net neutrality rules that the US had pre-2017 had three key points:

  • No blocking: Internet service providers (ISPs) should not block users’ access to certain platforms/websites.
  • No throttling: ISPs cannot single out internet traffic based on where its coming from or who it’s going to.
  • No paid prioritization: ISPs cannot accept money to speed up access to a certain platform or service.

Net neutrality in the Indian context:

Notably, in July last year, India conducted a consultation on over-the-top (OTT) communication services where telecom companies had argued in favor of introducing network usage fees (or as they put it, ‘fair share’). A network usage fee is a charge that telcos want to charge online platforms for the use of a telco’s infrastructure. Telcos argued that a threshold should be set up and that only platforms that meet that threshold would be required to pay for the usage of network infrastructure. This, they said, would prevent startups from being burdened with the fee. However, given that some platforms will pay, and others wouldn’t, they would invariably be treated differently, which would be violative of net neutrality.

While India’s Communications Minister, Ashwini Vaishnaw has confirmed that net neutrality is a resolved issue, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is yet to come out with any recommendations based on its consultation. Decisions in favor of net neutrality in the US could potentially strengthen the case for upholding net neutrality principles in India as well.

Also read:

STAY ON TOP OF TECH NEWS: Our daily newsletter with the top story of the day from MediaNama, delivered to your inbox before 9 AM. Click here to sign up today!


Written By

Free Reads


Experts debate the efficacy of ex-ante regulation in India's fast-evolving digital market. Is preemptive control the answer?


Lacking plans about the use and regulation of artificial intelligence, use of drones, health stack, cybersecurity and Smart Cities, the manifesto does not have...


WhatsApp’s new policy lowers the age limit to 13, facing fierce criticism from child protection groups in Europe.

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.



NPCI CEO Dilip Asbe recently said that what is not written in regulations is a no-go for fintech entities. But following this advice could...


Notably, Indus Appstore will allow app developers to use third-party billing systems for in-app billing without having to pay any commission to Indus, a...


The existing commission-based model, which companies like Uber and Ola have used for a long time and still stick to, has received criticism from...


Factors like Indus not charging developers any commission for in-app payments and antitrust orders issued by India's competition regulator against Google could contribute to...


Is open-sourcing of AI, and the use cases that come with it, a good starting point to discuss the responsibility and liability of AI?...

You May Also Like


Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...


135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...


By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...


Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Your email address:*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ