Two years ago, The Obama administration Open Internet Order repealed the FCC power over telecommunications companies originally created by The Communications Act of 1934. As of early May 2017, the FCC -primarily Republicans- had voted against the Open Internet Order established in 2015 by Democrats. Republicans have called the law “Heavy handed and burdensome.” This repeal was led by Mr. Trump recently appointed Head of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.
Ajit Pai has stated the new ruling gave the ISPs (internet service providers) power to ‘lawyers and accountants’ he then stated; the repeal give the power back to ‘technologists and engineers’. Democrats disagreed and disputed that the law gives more power to telecommunication companies while keeping the Net Neutrality law in place helps tech companies. Mignon Clyburn, a Republican commissioner at the FCC- has claimed that most consumers won’t feel the effects by the abolishment of the Net Neutrality law stating it will bring on a new wave of “trickled down internet economics.” She -likewise most Republicans- agrees that the Net Neutrality law of 2015 is harmful to many ISPs “if we remove enough regulations from your broadband provider, they will automatically improve your service,” she said.
Actual telecommunication companies and ISPs are ecstatic about the early March ruling by the FCC. Comcast -a constant violator of internet privacy laws- has been pushing for the FCC to vote out the law for years. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts is well-known for his hatred of Net Neutrality calling the law “Regulation” and has accused Net Neutrality supporters of creating “mass hysteria”. Net Neutrality can greatly deter companies like Comcast of expanding their operations and creating a larger profit. A study by George S. Ford has concluded that Net Neutrality can hinder Comcast of over 30-40 $billion dollars over the next 5 years. This is the sole purpose as of why most telecommunication companies support Ajit Pai’s ruling. Without Net Neutrality, ISPs will be able to monopolize the internet. It gives them the power to spike prices on specific websites; this can include the telecom companies competitors and more. Companies like Comcast sees this as inevitable they stated that pro-Net Neutrality supporters aren’t “living in the real world.”
This brings to the most devastating realization of pro-Net Neutrality supporters, and that’s the fact that money always wins. Since the announcement of the law in 2015 by the Obama Administration, investments in broadband companies rose by 8%. Investments in Comcast has reached an all-time high of 27% since the ruling of 2015. Some sources are puzzled as of why the 2015 ruling created more investors, some speculated that investors were simply thinking realistically. Since the ruling, people have doubted that the law will stand, some Republicans are surprised that it has made it this far. Keeping telecom giants -one of the fastest growing and highly profitable industries- marginalized is impossible. Barry Fagin, an anti-Net Neutrality Republican, left an interesting point targeted towards Net Neutrality advocates. He has stated that Net Neutrality advocates deny the reality that is economics; banning market pricing that makes ISPs lose money, in the long run, won’t happen. The Trump Administration are all in favor for banishing the 2015 Net Neutrality law since they’re primarily Republicans and think ‘realistically’.
Resistance towards Net Neutrality is primarily tech companies and lefties. Amazon, Reddit, Facebook, and Pornhub has shown their disgust towards the FCC ruling. Since their consumers are going to feel the effects of anti-Net Neutrality the most, they deem it not fair. Democrats hate Net Neutrality for the reasons amongst internet freedom; they feel if you give ISPs more power over the internet it’s inevitable that they’re going to begin violating privacy. However, It might be too late for them; even though they would love for Net Neutrality to never happen, it’s pretty much set in stone now. Consumers could feel the effects of Net Neutrality by early 2018 or late 2017. Unlike in 2015 when resistance was strong within Congress and the FCC, there are more anti-Net Neutrality advocates in Congress than two years ago. As Barry Fargin stated, it’s basic economics “would you be pissed off if a plumber charged you more to replace your skinny PVC pipe with a big copper one?”