Today, the US Federal Communications Commission voted to open a process that puts net neutrality rules passed in 2015 at risk.
Policy Director Craig Fagan said:
“We’re disappointed the FCC has decided to launch a process that could undo the US’ world-leading net neutrality protections, and that they’ve allowed a technical issue to be captured as a political battleground. Americans of all political leanings support a neutral internet, and it is in the best interest of consumers to keep it that way. We’ll be following this process closely, and fighting to keep the web open, free and neutral.”
Earlier this month, when the proposed reversal of net neutrality protections was first announced, our founder and web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee said:
“When I invented the web, I didn’t have to ask anyone for permission, and neither did America’s successful internet entrepreneurs when they started their businesses. To reach its full potential, the internet must remain a permissionless space for creativity, innovation and free expression. In today’s world companies can’t operate without internet, but access to it is controlled by just a few providers.”
We will continue to fight for strong net neutrality protections to ensure that all internet traffic is treated equally, and the web remains an innovative, creative space for everyone.