FCC votes to roll back net neutrality rules
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday voted to start rolling back the controversial net neutrality rules, highlighting an uphill battle for Democrats as well as consumer advocates.
Led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, members of the federal agency voted 2-1 to pass the proposal to roll back the Obama government’s 2015-decision that was designed to regulate Internet service providers (ISPs) more heavily, with the help of some of the same rules that apply to phone companies.
The federal agency also agrees to repeal the “general conduct” rule which allows the agency to probe business practices of ISPs that it suspects might be anti-competitive.
Finally, the approved measure proposes the agency to eliminate the net neutrality rules -- the rules that ban the blocking and slowing of websites, as well as forbid Internet provides from charging websites additional fees.
Announcing the decision, FCC Chairman Pai said, “Today we propose to repeal utility-style regulation of the Internet. The evidence strongly suggests this is the right way to go.”
Mignon Clyburn, the FCC’s solo Democratic member, criticiised the decision, arguing that the decision to revisit the rules marked the Republicans’ latest effort to undercut their own mission.
Technology major Microsoft Corporation has rebuffed Consumer Reports findings on its popular Surface range of tablets and laptops.
Tesla Motors has received tremendous response for its electric vehicles despite their high price tag.
As automobile giants and customers are turning their attention from conventional cars to electric cars, the lack of charging stations continues to discourage many.
While Tesla is yet to officially unveil its next-generation electric semi truck, a report in Reuters added a new turn to the already swirling rumors by claiming that the next-generation truck will have self-driving capabilities.
Famous toy company LEGO has announced the appointment of former Danish industrial manufacturer Danfoss’ chief Niels Christiansen as its new CEO.
Software giant Microsoft Corporation has announced that it fixed a couple of security holes/vulnerabilities affecting all supported versions of Windows operating system.