The US Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved the much-sought-after proposal to make Internet a public utility or allow Net Neutrality, which means the regulator will allow increased regulation of online activities to guarantee the open access to Net.
The 3-2 vote to approve the “Net neutrality” came as expected since the move received support from the Democratic members of the FCC, including its president, Tom Wheeler, though opposed by the Republicans.
The recommendations of the commission were presented in early this month by its chairman Tom Wheeler with the aim of ensuring that Internet providers cannot speed up access to certain Web pages.
Essentially, the Net Neutrality will try to avoid the creation of “fast lanes” for content, the creators of which have previously paid a hefty fee to the Internet service providers to make it top in the search pages.
The FCC, which is independent, had brought up the possibility that providers might collect fees for priority Web access, but it faced the wrath of more than four million comments from the public against the faster access channels.
US President Barack Obama too came out in favor of designating the Internet a public utility amid a heated debate among defenders of greater Net regulation and access providers such as Verizon and Comcast, who say that the regulations would stifle innovation.
Here are some reactions:
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) February 27, 2015
FCC made the right decision on #NetNeutrality today. An internet controlled by corporate giants would damage equal access for all
— Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) February 26, 2015
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 26, 2015
— Om Malik (@om) February 25, 2015