Yesterday, 5 members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on whether or not to remove Net Neutrality. The commission voted to pass the repeal: 3-2. This doesn’t mean anything will change immediately. It will take time, maybe years for us to see any obvious changes.
This means the government will not regulate the internet anymore and that responsibility now goes to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). They will make sure that the Internet Service Providers (ISP) follow all the rules.
After the vote, several attorney generals from different states immediately sued the FCC and Tech businesses are considering suing as well. Those who support the repeal say that the goal is to allow ISPs to provide more services than before. It will take some time before we really see how this affects things that are important to the Deaf community like FaceTime, Videophones or even DPAN.TV? We will keep you updated.