Yesterday, the White House officially endorsed the FCC’s proposal to repeal existing Net Neutrality rules enforced under Title ll of the Open Internet Order. These guidelines were implemented during the Obama era. Although the White House seemed to favor the dialing back net neutrality rules, this announcement is their first formal acknowledgement of their stance. Net Neutrality rules prevent broadband carriers from giving preference to one application or type of traffic over another.
The announcement comes at a pivotal time in the debate over Net Neutrality, as just last week there was a massive, Internet-wide day of action dubbed Battle for the Net in which advocacy groups and businesses alike joined together to show support for Net Neutrality. This day showed widespread support across party lines and organization types, and illustrated how many are in favor of preserving existing regulations and protecting the future of the Internet. Thus, the White House voicing support for the roll back comes at an interesting time.
As strong proponents of Open Access, we are concerned to see the White House is not in favor of the principles which keep the Internet free and open. Golden Frog, along with sister company Data Foundry, submitted official comments to the FCC earlier this week affirming our support for Net Neutrality and we will continue to fight for this type of Internet experience for users in the United States and around the world.
The FCC has been collecting comments on net neutrality through July 17, and will make their official decision on whether to repeal the guidelines in September.
For more information on how the FCC has been messing with the Internet for years (ever since 2014!), view our latest Infographic: The FCC Revolving Door vs. The Open Internet
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