The fears of action against the integrity of online services have already started taking shape under Trump’s administration. Ajit Pai, the new FCC chairman, started off his tenure by rescinding inquiries launched into ‘zero rating’ offers of three prominent telecom carriers — AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. This is being referred as a first step towards the deterioration of net neutrality in the modern era.
Net Neutrality, for those unaware, promotes that Internet service providers and the government should treat all data (content and websites) on the web as the same. They should be treated as a part of the internet regardless of the source. Thus, telecom carriers are advised not to charge differentially or discriminate against this policy on the basis of user, content, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication.
As for the case in question, the three aforementioned carriers were subject to an inquiry into their zero-rating plans from the …