In a Twitter exchange on Wednesday, tech-journalist Josh Constine posted a tweet reading, “Some tech billionaire, please buy out the local ISP(s) where FCC chairman Ajit Pai lives and give him 14.4k dial-up speeds for killing net neutrality.”
Ajit Varadaraj Pai is the Chairman of the United States Federal Communications Commission, which is an independant governmental agency that deals with the reulgation of interstate communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable. Essentially, Pai is the head of the part of the government that can control the regulation of wireless interconnection and communication.
The debate is very detailed and tenuous, with those in favor of keeping net neutrality claiming that repealing the policy would permit internet providers to overcharge or slow down the internet for consumers based on internet services that they don’t like. Revoking net neutrality would also revoke various internet consumer protections, including mandated privacy requirements and rules barring unfair practices.
Those in favor of revoking it, however, point out that the policy was only recently implemented during the Obama Administration, and that none of the concerns expressed above were explicitly evident prior to the passing of net neutrality in 2015.
In response to Constine’s tweet, Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince stated that he “could do this in a different, but equally effective way,” but that he would have to ensure that such an action would not “be breaking any laws.”
I could do this in a different, but equally effective, way.
— Matthew Prince (@eastdakota) November 23, 2017
Effectively, in response to Pai’s attempt to revoke net neutrality, Prince is considering slowing down his internet speed, presumably as a sort of nod to a possibility that many could face, should the FCC’s policy be accepted.
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