How The Battle For Net Neutrality Could Reignite Under President Biden

According to a recent Gallup poll, as many as 33% of working adults are always working at home, and 25% are sometimes doing so. Amid tighter restrictions, more than half the working population was remote, with an equal percentage of students learning from home.

A good internet connection is essential in any and all of these situations. The right to fairness in how that connection is billed, however, is currently not.

Net neutrality means ISPs cannot charge more or throttle speeds because of what websites you visit.
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Net neutrality means ISPs cannot charge more or throttle speeds because of what websites you visit.

An internet without net neutrality allows internet service providers (ISPs) to slow down or charge more for certain services or websites while also promoting others. In 2018,  Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai reclassified broadband internet as a Title I service under the purview of the Federal Trade Commission, removing regulations that long held ISPs back from doing just that.

Pai’s “Restoring Internet Freedom” order was protested by millions of Americans, in person and online. Meanwhile, pages upon pages of comments supporting the end of net neutrality were later found to be fake, The Hill reports.

Currently, ISPs are not obligated to uphold net neutrality.
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Currently, ISPs are not obligated to uphold net neutrality.

Ever since the order was passed and the FCC repealed net neutrality, ISPs like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile have been throttling traffic “pretty much everywhere all the time,” Bloomberg reports.

According to the Brookings Institute, the Biden-Harris administration is poised to repeal Pai’s order and reinstate the 2015 Open Internet Order, once again classifying broadband as a Title II service.

The Biden Administration could once again bring net neutrality to the FCC.
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The Biden Administration could once again bring net neutrality to the FCC.

“Given the heightened dependency on the internet during the pandemic, the Biden-Harris FCC could go further and explicitly prohibit data caps, zero-rating, and interconnection fees within a net neutrality rulemaking,” BI reports.

Without strong bipartisan support, a vote on restoring net neutrality could take some time to pass through congress. Your voice could go a long way to making this happen. Click below to show your support for net neutrality.

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