A government commission has voted to end the internet policy known as “net neutrality.”
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is a government agency responsible for regulating the internet in the United States.
Its members voted to end net neutrality by a vote of 3 to 2.
Net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers should treat all traffic over the internet equally.
In 2015, the FCC set the rule to prevent internet service providers from interfering with traffic from some websites while providing faster service to others.
Ajit Pai is the new chairman of the FCC. Pai is a member of the Republican Party like President Donald Trump. He said the 3 to 2 vote ending net neutrality would stop unnecessary regulation. He added that the vote is restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence.
Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat, said the move means giving the internet to a “handful of multi-billion dollar corporations.”
Under the new rules, internet providers will be free to block competing applications. Service providers would also be able to slow down competing services or offer faster speeds to companies that pay more.
Companies will have to place their policies online or inform the FCC about them. The change also says states cannot approve their own rules for the internet that do not agree with FCC rules.
Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T say that the internet experience is not going to change for most people. But many companies have worked hard to influence politicians to end the net neutrality rule.
Some Americans worry that ending the rule means businesses will be able to control what they see and do online.
Before the commission’s vote, the FCC website recorded 22 million comments and members of Congress received more than one million phone calls.
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阿基特 派伊(Ajit Pai)是美国联邦通信委员会新上任的主席 。派伊也在特朗普所在的共和党 。他表示，3:2的结果终结了网络中立，并阻止日后不必要的管理 。他补充说，这次票选会恢复此前宽松的框架，也是互联网大多数时候的管理框架 。
委员米利翁 克莱本(Mignon Clyburn)隶属民主党，他表示此举意味着将互联网交给“市值达数十亿的公司那些公司 。”
新规则规定，互联网供应商可以自由阻止竞争性的应用 。服务提供商也可以降低竞争性服务的速度，或者出价更高的公司提供更快的速度 。
所有公司必须在线公布政策，或者将政策改动的情况告知美国联邦通信委员会 。这次修改指出，各州不能批准通过不符合美国联邦通信委员会互联网规则的规则 。
一些互联网服务提供商，如Comcast、Verizon和AT&T表示，大多数人的上网体验不会发生改变 。但很多公司确实一直在努力影响政客，以废除互联网中立规则 。
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