This week marked a major victory for consumers in the battle of net neutrality. The FCC has moved to reclassify Internet Service Providers (ISPs) as Title II entities, known as Common Carriers. This is a hugely controversial move – in fact, carriers have already lined up to sue the FCC for the decision.
However, this is a victory nonetheless. For years, ISPs have been lobbying (hard) to maintain their classification as a Title I entity:
The justification was that less regulation would “promote investment and innovation,” which would result in “better quality, lower prices, and more choices for consumers.”
As we’ve seen over the past few years, maintaining the status quo has not been pleasant on the consumer’s side. Perhaps Title II will prevent overreach of ISPs and will secure fairness for the public, but only time will tell. For more information regarding the decision and possible implications, see TheVerge’s discussion below: