Government Agency Votes to End ‘Net Neutrality’ Rule
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·帕伊（Ajit Pai）是该委员会新任主席 。与特朗普一样，帕伊也是共和党成员 。他说，以3：2的票数废除“网络中立”将取消不必要的监管 。他还指出，此次投票是“恢复对互联网管理的宽松框架 。”
该委员会委员、民主党人米尼翁·柯里本（Mignon Clyburn）表示，此举意味着将互联网交与“市值达数十亿美元的企业 。”
根据新规，互联网服务提供商可以自由阻止竞争对手的应用程序 。互联网服务提供商还将能够降低竞争对手的网速，或向出价更高的公司提供更快捷的网速 。
这些公司必须将新政策发布在官网上或通知美国联邦通信委员会 。新规还要求，各州不得批准与美国联邦通信委员会规定不一致的互联网政策 。
Comcast、Verizon和AT&T等互联网供应商表示，对大多数用户来说，互联网体验依旧如常 。不过，很多公司都在努力说服政客废除“网络中立”政策 。