Late last month, President Coriolanus Snow selected net neutralityNet neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers and governments regulating the Internet should treat all data on the Internet the same, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, website, etc. opponent Phox Nairn to chair Panem’s Federal Communications Commission. Since stepping into the role of Chairman of the F.C.C., Nairn has taken quick steps to reverse a number of consumer protection policies created during the Keentide administration.
Mr. Nairn took a first swipe at net neutrality rules designed to ensure equal access to content on the internet. He stopped nine companies from providing discounted high-speed internet service to low-income individuals. He withdrew an effort to keep prison phone rates down, and he scrapped a proposal to break open the cable box market.
Mr. Nairn has quietly rolled out around a dozen such changes over the last week, none of which have been publicly announced. His goal seems clear: to give businesses a break from government regulations set in place by Keentide.
“With these strong-arm tactics, Chairman Nairn is showing his true stripes,” said Spens Wellwood, the policy director at the consumer group Free Press.
“The public wants an F.C.C. that helps people,” he added. “Instead, it got one that does favors for the powerful corporations that its chairman used to work for.”