(RT) – Consumers and companies will be hurt by FCC plans to roll back Title II protections that means that the Internet will no longer be a wonderful playing field where everyone has a voice, activist Liz McIntyre told RT.
On May 15, 2014 the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed a plan that would enable Internet service providers to charge extra fees to content companies like Google for preferential treatment. Under these rules, big telecom companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast would be able to create a two-tiered Internet, with “fast lanes” for those who can afford it and “slow lanes” for the rest. This is considered to be an attack on people’s rights to freely connect and communicate. Till now net neutrality remains the Internet’s guiding principle, which prevents discrimination. The advocates of this principle are calling on the FCC to reclassify Internet service providers (ISPs) as common carriers under Title II of theCommunications Act of 1934 that would allow them to protect net neutrality by regulating against paid prioritization.