Today the Federal Communications Commission voted to remove the current regulations on network neutrality. Internet service providers (ISPs) can now restrict, block or give preferential access to different internet traffic, allow users access to only some online services for free, and give preferential treatment to certain traffic in return for payment.
Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA, issued this statement:
“This decision has serious implications for human rights and freedom of expression in the United States. By rolling back on net neutrality regulations, the FCC is creating significant barriers to access to information for the poorest and most marginalized members of society. This decision also stifles non-governmental organizations unable to match the spending power of large media companies from using the internet to organize and communicate globally. Everyone should be able to access an open and equal internet without discriminating against different content, applications, services and devices.”