Saturday, 22 July 2017

Here we go again: opening salvos fired in new U.S. net neutrality battle

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Friday 28 April 17

FCC chairman Ajit Pai's proposal to roll back Title II prompts swift response from supporters and opponents alike.

Anyone feeling nostalgia for 2014's fierce and seemingly never-ending debate about how the U.S. should protect net neutrality was overtaken by a warm, fuzzy feeling inside this week. Come on, you know who you are. As for the rest of us, there was a sense of old playbooks being dusted off, and the sound of a thousand acerbic statements being typed by spokespeople on both sides of the argument. U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai no doubt felt a great sense of anticipation ahead of the speech he delivered late on Wednesday at the Newseum in Washington, in which he set out his plan to do away with regulating net neutrality under Title II of the Communications Act. Sadly, in this age of fake news and alternative facts, both sides, rather than enter into a civilised discussion about the merits of their respective cases, have already resorted instead to accusing one another of peddling untruths…

Anyone feeling nostalgia for 2014's fierce and seemingly never-ending debate about how the U.S. should protect net neutrality was overtaken by a warm, fuzzy feeling inside this week. Come on, you know who you are. As for the rest of us, there was a sense of old playbooks being dusted off, and the sound of a thousand acerbic statements being typed by spokespeople on both sides of the argument. U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai no doubt felt a great sense of anticipation ahead of the speech he delivered late on Wednesday at the Newseum in Washington, in which he set out his plan to do away with regulating net neutrality under Title II of the Communications Act. Sadly, in this age of fake news and alternative facts, both sides, rather than enter into a civilised discussion about the merits of their respective cases, have already resorted instead to accusing one another of peddling untruths…

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