U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, has been a proponent of keeping the current net-neutrality rules. The move could very well turn the internet we know and love upside down.
"This is an attempt by people who want to keep the Obama Administration's heavy-handed Internet regulations to delay the vote because they realize that their effort to defeat the plan to restore Internet freedom has stalled", FCC spokeswoman Tina Pelkey said via email. "It's a cliche at this point to imagine the internet as a highway, but think of net neutrality in practice as enforcing a speed limit, preventing ISPs from fast tracking certain websites and slowing speeds on others".
"[Currently] Verizon, who is a part of the same company as Yahoo, can not slow Google dramatically because they would prefer you to use Yahoo...which they are economically tied to".
Whatever the result, one thing is certain: It may be years after Pai has departed the FCC before companies and consumers can truly assess his chairmanship.
This is not an issue of consumers versus companies either.
If you disagree with regulating the internet like a utility, try starting and thriving as a small, local business in late 2017 without fair internet access.
Schneiderman pointed to a study paid for by an industry group that represents Internet service providers called Broadband for America, which he says has acknowledged that as many as eight million comments submitted to the FCC may have been fake. This dramatic change to government policy is predicted to have dire consequences for freedom of information and equal access to the internet both in the United States and overseas. A Morning Consult/Politico poll conducted November 21-25 found that 52 percent of registered voters support the FCC's existing net neutrality rules. In that case, we believe there should at least be places where we can access unbiased internet like public libraries and schools.
If you haven't heard of the concept of net neutrality or need a basic definition of it, here it is: The networks over which we get our information should not discriminate between one bit of data and another.