Internet service providers can’t charge or block Web sites and impose limits to users from getting access to information on the net.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
February 26, 2015
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to keep the Internet neutral and free, despite lobbying to allow servers like Verizon and various portals through which users are getting their information over the Internet from becoming gatekeepers and to charge different rates to different Web sites, President Barack H. Obama announced. Obama stated, “More than 4 million people wrote to the FCC, overwhelmingly in support for a free and fair internet. Countless others spoke out on social media, petition their government and stood up for what they believe” resulting in a neutral and free Internet.
Obama says, that he called on the FCC to adopt strong and fair rules to allow net neutrality and for Internet service providers (ISPs) to treat all internet traffic equally. The FCC voted to keep the net neutral.
● In May 2010, the FCC introduces strong net neutrality protections that said internet service providers could not block websites or impose limits on users.
● In December, the FCC would go on to pass a final version, adopting their first-ever rules to regulate Internet access.
● In January 2011, just weeks after the FCC adopted their rules, Verizon Communications filed a federal lawsuit that would eventually overturn the order.
● In January 14, 2014, a Federal Appeals Court strikes down the FCC’s 2010 rule.