December 12, 2017
The Federal Communications Commission is coordinating efforts to police the internet once it repeals Obama-era net neutrality regulations.
The FCC announced an agreement Monday with the Federal Trade Commission, promising to take targeted action against bad actors.
The announcement comes in response to the FCC’s anticipated decision to scrap the regulations, allowing internet providers to discriminate against or favor certain websites.
Once the repeal is passed, the FTC will be tasked with going after internet providers engaging in unfair or deceptive practices.
“This is not a fight between Verizon and Comcast… this is not a fight between the geeks and nerds… this is a fight between ordinary people and our right and ability to access modern communications system in the 21st century, and those who like to discriminate and use that system for profit instead of Democracy,” said Malkia Cyril, director of the Center for Media Justice.
The FCC’s plan will require companies such as Comcast and Verizon to disclose whether they plan to block or slow down certain websites.