With Donald Trump winning the 2016 US presidential elections, some telecom investors and experts have projected that the landmark Net-neutrality regulations by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in early 2015 will likely be rolled back.
According to the projections, Net-neutrality regulations - which were being touted as one of the key tenants of Obama-era government regulation - will probably be eased under Donald Trump's presidency. The regulations chiefly ban data throttling and paid fast lanes.
The adoption of Net-neutrality regulations -- aimed largely at ensuring "a level playing field," as Obama had put it, for companies online -- was deemed a major win for some of the leading Silicon Valley firms; and was opposed by several broadband providers like Comcast and AT&T.
The regulations were also criticized by Trump in a Twitter post in 2014, soon after President Obama started pushing the regulations. In his tweet opposing the regulations, Trump had said that the attack launched by Obama on the Internet was "another top-down power grab."
With the future of open Internet looking drastically different after Trump's presidential election victory, conservative advocacy group TechFreedom's president Berin Szoka said in a recent statement that now there is "a new opportunity to end the divisive and distracting fight over net neutrality." Szoka predicted that the "staggering power grabs" made in connection with the Net-neutrality regulations would be reversed by either a Trump FCC or the GOP-run Congress.