The Chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, put forth a motion to repeal the rules that ensured that the internet was open in terms of bandwidth. He vigorously defended the repeal before the vote. He said the rollback of the rules would eventually benefit consumers because broadband providers like AT&T and Comcast could offer them a wider variety of service options. His two fellow Republican commissioners also supported the change, giving them a 3-to-2 majority.
Others note that there is nothing in the rule change that would incentivize service providers to provide more content, although it may be that additional content may be provided at additional (and uncapped) costs.
Source: "Farhad and Mike's Week in Tech: Net Neutrality is Gone," by Farhad Manjoo and Mike Isaac, New York Times, December 15, 2017.
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