Last month, Ajit Pai, the Trump-appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, made good on a promise to repeal Obama- era regulations that governed the internet. By a vote of 3-2, the commission ended regulations that required Internet Service Providers to treat all content the same. Before, ISPs couldn’t pick and choose which content loaded fast and which loaded more slowly, or not at all, nor could they charge a premium for faster service.
Why is this important?
Midday's guests today have given this subject a lot of thought. Deb Tillett joins Tom Hall in Studio A. She’s the executive director of the Emerging Technologies Center, an incubator for tech startups here in Baltimore.
Brandi Collins is the Senior Campaign Director for Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. She oversees that organization’s Media, Democracy and Economic Justice department. She’s on the line from Oakland, California.
Ritu Agarwal is a professor, senior associate dean for research, and the Dean’s Chair of Information Systems at the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business. She is also the founder and director of the school’s Center for Health Information and Decision Systems. She joins us from her office in College Park.