The US federal agency regulating communications has ended “net neutrality” under the influence of President Donald Trump, granting broadband companies to exert substantial control over the internet.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted Thursday to roll back net neutrality rules which required internet providers to treat all traffic equally, a move critics say would curb online freedom.
The FCC, in a three-to-two vote, adopted a proposal by Republican-appointed chairman Ajit Pai, who said his plan would scrap what he called the “heavy-handed” rules, which he argued discouraged investment and innovation.
Appointed by Trump in January, Pai was a fierce critic of the neutrality rules adopted under then President Barack Obama in 2015 and earlier this month unveiled his plan named the “Restoring Internet Freedom” order.
It will take weeks for the repeal to go into effect, so consumers will not see any of the potential changes…