Trump signals net neutrality hostility with transition team appointments

Trump signals net neutrality hostility with transition team appointments

US president elect Donald Trump looks likely to make good on campaign threats to tear up net neutrality rules set out by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the appointment of two vocal opponents of the policy to his transition team.

Jeffrey Eisenach and Mark Jamison are best known for their long-standing opposition to net neutrality, which decrees that internet service providers must offer equal access to content and applications, regardless of source, and not prioritise or block specific products or websites.

Eisenach has described this policy as ‘an effort by one set of private interests to enrich itself by using the power of the state to obtain free services from another’.

The appointments, read in conjunction with a supportive president-elect and Congress, suggest that the FCC rules do not have much time left for this world once president Obama leaves the fray.

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