According to Vice
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to eliminate open internet transparency protections for millions of consumers, in the Trump administration’s most overt salvo yet in its nascent campaign to dismantle net neutrality protections.
As a result of Thursday’s action, “thousands” of small and medium-sized internet service providers (ISPs) around the country are no longer required to give their customers detailed information about broadband prices, speeds and fees, according to the FCC.
The newly-rolled-back disclosure requirements, which were designed to help consumers make informed decisions when selecting an ISP, were a key part of the FCC’s 2015 policy safeguarding net neutrality, the principle that all internet content should be equally accessible.
Republican FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a former Verizon lawyer who was installed by the Trump administration to lead the agency last month, framed Thursday’s action as a move to “relieve thousands of smaller broadband providers from onerous reporting obligations.”
Pai, who has claimed to be a champion of “transparency,” asserted that removing the disclosure requirements would allow ISPs to save money that can then be used for broadband deployment.
But consumer advocates blasted the move as a brazen attempt to undermine net neutrality protections that open internet advocates say are essential for economic growth, civic empowerment, and free speech.
“This represents yet another in a series of steps being taken to jettison pro-consumer initiatives, and we should not stand silent as consumer protections ‘go gentle into that good night,'” Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a longtime open internet advocate who voted against the move, said at the agency’s monthly meeting on Thursday.
Yet another Anti-Obama move by Trump and famine of the word coming very soon.
“Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.”