#CommActUpdate” process through a series of thought papers on regulatory modernization, spectrum policy, competition, interconnection, universal service, and video content and distribution. This rational, inclusive, and orderly process collected hundreds of substantive responses until it was hijacked by advocacy groups which aimed to nationalize networks by reclassifying broadband network providers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. This was a beginning step by the FCC to tax and regulate the internet like the telephone network and to limit free speech, which fortunately has been halted by a backlash of 60 million voters against over-regulation.
many in the tech community are asking what will become of net neutrality. Although the president-elect said little about the issue during the campaign, most pundits agree that reversing the controversial Open Internet Order will be a top priority for the incoming Federal Communications Commission. For net neutrality supporters, it is worth reflecting how the agency got to this point. In retrospect, the key moment for net neutrality was neither the FCC’s 2015 Title II reclassification order nor Trump’s 2016 electoral victory. It was outgoing Chairman Tom Wheeler’s decision to reject a legislative compromise that would have insulated net neutrality from review, a display of regulatory hubris that empowered Trump to undo President Obama’s signature tech policy initiative.