Big Telecom Attempted to Eliminate Net Neutrality Even Before it was a Concept

Published Date : Feb 16, 2015

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has recently announced that he would ask to re-categorize broadband internet as a regular carrier service so that the government could implement the net neutrality rules, supported by President Obama even. Some Republicans in Congress and telecom executives are calling this a backwards and severe proposal, and they are inspecting the role of the President in pushing for it.

The chairman further added that they have only arrived at this crucial moment in the net neutrality debate due to the past hard work by corporate lobbyists and their political associates to deteriorate the ability of the government to secure the open internet. Without the enormous power of the telecommunications sector to design policies in its favor, the government would most likely already have the authority it requires to make sure the net neutrality.

In the beginning of the 2000s era, policymakers were facing significant questions about the nature of broadband internet and how it should be taken care of by regulators. The last main telecommunications bill was approved by Congress in 1996 and since then the technology had advanced swiftly, with two different services that is digital subscriber line and cable Internet, becoming broadly available.

These services are operated on infrastructure, which was originally constructed for other procedures such as landline telephony and cable television, respectively. As the 1996 bill did not address the internet service in an extensive way, the policy regulators had simply put the regulatory treatment associated with the infrastructures conventionally to the new Internet services that was offered on them.