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FCC plans to scrap net neutralityCNET's Maggie Reardon explains what the FCC's net neutrality announcement means for consumers.
Net neutrality is a principle that all traffic on the internet should be treated equally. So regardless of whether you're checking Facebook, you're posting pictures to instagram or you're streaming movies from Amazon or Netflix that all of that traffic is created equal. Under the 2015 rules the FCC basically protected your right to get to all. Its content. And now, the FCC is essentially repealed those rules. And the biggest thing that it's done is it has changed the classification of broadband, which was the legal foundation of the 2015 rules. And this essentially Says if it the FCC really doesn't have any authority over policing the internet. And I think the real fear here is it in few years that if you have all these broadband companies controlling your access to things that your internet might look a lot like a cable network instead of You know, the openness that we see today. The FCC have to officially vote on this proposal and because there are 3 Republicans on the commission and only 2 Democrats, it's very likely and almost 100% certain that it's going to pass. The vote will be on December 14th So at that point, that's when the rules will be repealed, and then after that I'm pretty sure that we're going to see some court cases. You know, the consumer advocates have all vowed that they're going to take this to court and they feel like they have a pretty good chance of winning here. They don't think that the FCC Has the legal ability to change its mind on these rules as quickly as it has. Usually when you see agencies institute rules you don't get to change them just because there's been an election. And that's what they are saying has happened here.