Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

EBay Warns Net Neutrality Reversal Will Hurt Small Businesses

EBay Warns Net Neutrality Reversal Will Hurt Small Businesses

How you use the internet and what you pay for speed and some say maybe even your favorite content - is up for debate again. David Shepardson reporting in Reuters: "The public will have until mid-August to offer comments before the FCC votes on a final plan".

Many consumer groups favored the new rules, which they said provided equal access to customers. Without net neutrality, they argue, internet providers could slow access to web content and make it more hard to transfer large amounts of data.

In 2015, the FCC under President Barack Obama supported the Open Internet Order, which reclassified broadband Internet as a telecommunications service instead of an information service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act - meaning the FCC had the power to regulate the Internet. The FCC saying in 2015 that the providers could not be left to simply make up their own rules.

The headline on the May 6 news article "FCC chief typifies bureaucracy at work in Trump's Washington" gave away the focus.

In March, more than 170 organizations signed an open letter urging Pai to safeguard net neutrality. And Thursday, the FCC voted to begin rolling back net neutrality. "It's just basically like we're gong to mandate that the Internet all be the same for everybody whether you're willing to pay $20 a month or $200", he said.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted 2-1 Thursday to advance Chairman Ajit Pai's Restoring Internet Freedom proposal, which would repeal Obama-era net neutrality protections, according to The Hill.

The public is invited to comment on the proposal.

As always, the eBay Government Relations team will continue to monitor this situation and engage with legislators and regulators as appropriate to help ensure that small Internet-enabled businesses and their customers are not harmed by the removal of these important protections.

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