After FCC’s Decision is Net Neutrality Really Over?
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FEATURING CRAIG AARON – The recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) vote to end net neutrality took place in spite of massive bi-partisan public protest, potentially paving the way for Internet Service Providers to create multi-tiered systems on the web and undermining independent voices. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a former attorney for Verizon, vehemently denied that his decision would impact Internet freedom. Verizon is among the biggest beneficiaries of the decision.
But how can a 5-person appointed panel really upend the desires of millions of Americans? The fight for net neutrality is not over and many are now calling on Congress to take legislative action by passing a “resolution of disapproval” through the Congressional Review Act. And, grassroots Internet freedom groups like Free Press are readying lawsuits against the FCC over its decision.
Craig Aaron, President and CEO of Free Press, and a leading advocate in the fight to preserve net neutrality. He is the editor of two books, Appeal to Reason: 25 Years of In These Times and Changing Media: Public Interest Policies for the Digital Age.