Michelle Karim


The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the approval of the net neutrality law by a 3-2 vote today. Chairman of the FCC Tom Wheeler said, “that no one- whether government or corporate- should control free open access to the Internet.” This law requires different service providers to act as an unbiased gateway to the open Internet and it prohibits the implementation of varying costs for handling Internet traffic. The Net Neutrality Act is a crucial step towards figuring out how the Internet must be regulated or whether it should be regulated at all. It implies that no content should be blocked and that the Internet is not divided into “pay-to-play fast lanes” for service providers who can afford it and a slow Internet for everyone else. A previous version of the law was passed back in 2010 but was withheld because of a legal challenge by Verizon. The U.S Court…