On June 11, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rolled back
the net neutrality protections that were
put in place in 2015. This rollback was
the result of action taken in December
2017 by the FCC to repeal net neutrality
regulations which prohibited broadband
providers from blocking or throttling
(slowing down) traffic or from offering
so-called “fast lanes” to companies
willing to pay extra to reach consumers
more quickly than competitors.
The issue is not over as it will now
move to the courts, where several groups
are challenging the FCC’s decision. Also,
on July 17, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)
introduced a bill, The 21st Century Internet Act, which would codify free internet regulations into law and reinstate the
basic protections implemented in 2015.
Although it will take a while to fully re-
WHAT IS NET NEUTRALITY?
alize the effects of the new rules, this is a first step in a process that could reshape the
Network neutrality is the principle that all internet traffic should be transmitted to
consumers with the same quality and at the same speed, regardless of whether an
internet service provider (ISP) has a financial interest in promoting one website over
In 2015, the FCC changed the way it classified broadband internet in order to preserve net neutrality protections. By reclassifying broadband as a “common carrier”—
similar to airlines, telephone and electricity companies that have to serve everyone—
the FCC solidified its authority to regulate internet access providers and enforce net
neutrality. The FCC’s vote in December of 2017 reverts broadband back to its previous
status as an “information service,” which means providers face fewer obligations under
the FCC’s regulatory structure and effectively removes the FCC’s power to create or
enforce net neutrality protections.
WHAT HAS CHANGED?
According to both advocates and opponents, it is unlikely that consumers saw changes
immediately. However, with the restrictions gone, ISPs (e.g. Comcast, AT&T, Verizon,
Charter Spectrum) can offer a website faster and more reliable delivery of its content
NET NEUTRALITY AND DATA SECURITY—
What Do They Mean for Property Management?
By Ted Thurn
It is safe to say that technology encompasses almost every facet of our professional
and personal lives. With these advancements, it is vital for businesses and property
managers to keep up with changes in the technology world. Two issues of special
note are net neutrality and data security.