THE US FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has warned that the future of the Internet in the US is "under seige" by a conspiracy of powerful interests.
According to the BBC, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps wants every household in the country to have high speed broadband Internet access by 2020 based upon net neutrality principles. The term 'net neutrality means that all Internet resources, connections and data are treated equally.
The FCC recently decided to reclassify Internet services from information services to telecommunications services, which gives it greater authority to impose regulations.
He warned that if the FCC fails to reassert its authority, then the days of the open Internet will be succeeded by the age of "the gatekeepers".
Coops said it will be a big fight to take on the powerful telecom companies, Internet service providers (ISPs) and big media companies. "They have redeployed their troops at the FCC, throughout Washington and in the blogosphere," Copps said.
He is worried that the well funded lobbying groups might drown out the voices of ordinary citizen. And well he might, because if that happens the Internet will end up just like cable TV. µ