Here’s something I just wanted to quickly draw attention to, because with so much chaos always swirling around Trump, this has flown under the radar. Recode had an article out yesterday, entitled, “FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler’s Departure Is the Death Knell for Net Neutrality.” The article explains:
U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler announced this morning that he will leave the agency on Jan. 20 when President-elect Trump is inaugurated.
Wheeler’s departure likely spells the end of network neutrality, a set of rules the FCC adopted under Wheeler’s leadership in 2015 which prevent internet providers like Comcast* and Verizon from charging websites like Netflix and Twitter a fee to reach internet users at faster speeds.
These rules actually didn’t get as much attention as they deserved when they were first put in place in 2015 under the Obama administration. Activists were very, well, active on the issue, but much of the public never even knew what had happened or what the issue was about. And I fear these rules could be undone with even less fanfare if we don’t start drawing some notice to this pronto.