By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 2-22-21
The return of rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization is building momentum given that Congress is in the hands of Democrats, most of whom opposed deregulation of internet access, and the FCC is currently being helmed by Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel, who strongly opposed deregulation under the previous chairman.
That could mean the return of rules that Internet service providers argue limit their ability to create innovative business models or invest in the buildouts that will help close the digital divide or upgrade service.
Even as the Big Tech content giants like Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Twitter have taken up much of the regulatory spotlight, the Democrats’ return to control of the government has brought re-regulating ISPs back into the picture. It’s likely both ISPs and social media companies are in for some tough new oversight. » Read More