|No Neutrality Ruling in 2014
By: Jessica Cherok
There is yet another delay in the neverending saga of "will we or won’t we have free and open Internet." The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has put off making its decision on classifying the Internet as a public utility.
The FCC was supposed to vote in December on whether or not to classify the Internet as a public utility, meaning Internet providers could not offer faster service for those who paid more while slowing service for those that didn’t. Comcast already charges Netflix to provide faster service to its customers.
During the open comment period for the FCC’s proposed rule, the overwhelming majority of Americans supported net neutrality. The only comments in favor of the proposed rules were from Internet service providers, the ones who stand to profit heavily if net neutrality is done away with.
The United States already pays some of the highest Internet service rates in the world. This is especially mindboggling considering it's also receiving some of the slowest service on the planet. Combine high costs and slow service with higher costs and even slower service, and you have a recipe for disaster. Only large companies with deep pockets will be able to afford Internet fast lanes, thus stifling innovation.
The FCC has said it will make its decision in 2015.
Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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