It’s a big day for the open Internet in Europe. After a five-year campaign to enact strong Net Neutrality rules across the continent, digital rights advocates finally got a vote in the European Parliament, which approved strong protections for a free and open Internet.
Free speech depends on unfettered access to open and nondiscriminatory platforms. But the federal court ruling that struck down the Net Neutrality rules has made it permissible for Internet service providers like AT&T and Verizon to interfere with our speech online.
On Tuesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler and Commissioner Ajit Pai went head to head over joint sales agreements, which companies like the Sinclair Broadcast Group have used to skirt FCC rules and snap up TV stations nationwide.