In the ever changing universe of the internet it seems that the government's rules are also ever changing. As congress begins to show favor to smaller ISPs than larger corporations the ramifications for consumers begins to shift.
One of the most important issues when it comes to the relationship between the government and the internet, is privacy. When is there too much control? and how much is too little? - leaving some populations unprotected. In 2015 there was a unilateral decision to strip the FTC of any authority over broadband providers' privacy and data security. (Peter Suciu http://www.technewsworld.com/story/84347.html) To some people this may seem like a good idea, laissez faire maybe? however this allows smaller broadband companies to use and or sell whatever consumer data they see fit. As explained on the fcc.gov website "Adopted on February 26, 2015, the FCC's Open Internet rules are designed to protect free expression and innovation on the Internet and promote investment in the nation's broadband networks." (https://www.fcc.gov/general/open-internet)
However there were rules set out in October of 2016 that would restrict broadband companies from selling consumer data without their permission but are currently being blocked by the FCC.(http://www.zdnet.com/article/fcc-chairman-moves-to-undo-rules-to-let-internet-providers-secretly-sell-your-data/) It seems as though whenever there is some type of silver lining it gets taken away. Whether its politics or money, or most likely both. It is important for us consumers to stay on top of everything that is happening and hold the right people accountable for their actions.
Peter Suciu (March 2017) TechNewWorld
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Zach Whittaker (March 2017) ZDNet