The FCC voted 2-1 to begin the process to roll back the Obama-era Net Neutrality rules, starting what will likely be a several-months long fight over the future of internet regulation. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says the current rules chill broadband investment while opponents dispute this. The issue is of interest to readers because it gets to the heart of the further rollout of street furniture such as small cells and antennas for 4G and eventually 5G.
The rules passed by former Chairman
Tom Wheeler changed the classification of the internet from an
information service, which they had been considered since the
Clinton-era, to a utility in which ISPs must treat all internet traffic
the same, with no fast or slow speed lanes.
Pai said “The internet was not broken
in 2015,” yet the FCC at the time “succumbed to heavy handedness from
the White House and changed course.” Seventy fixed wireless providers
“say their hands are tied” by the regs and 22 of the smallest ISPs have
slowed if not halted new builds.” Continue Reading