Monday, 23 July, 2018

Net Neutrality Rollback Set For June 11

Net Neutrality protester A supporter of net neutrality protests the FCC’s recent decision to repeal the program in Los Angeles California
Derrick Tucker | 11 May, 2018, 00:49

That vote will attempt to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse the FCC's net neutrality repeal. Recently, Washington became the first state in the nation to enact its own "net neutrality" law, and just last week OR joined the party. "Once they take effect, the new FCC rules would give internet service providers sweeping powers to change how consumers access the internet but include new transparency requirements that require them to disclose any changes to consumers".

While Google, Facebook, Netflix, Apple, and other tech titans have previously joined efforts calling for net neutrality (often at the last minute), they've remained mostly quiet on the issue so far in 2018.

"We're now one step away from allowing the American public to see where their elected officials stand on protecting their internet service", said Schumer, as the Democrats formally launched an effort to restore the regulations scrapped previous year by the Federal Communications Commission.

"This is a moment of truth", says Free Press CEO Craig Aaron of the looming vote.

Net neutrality opponents argue that there's no reason to prohibit any of that stuff.

They are hoping a slim majority in the Senate will reject the Federal Communications Commission decision in December to repeal Obama-era rules guaranteeing an open internet.

While a Senate vote appears to be one of the final chances to stop the FCC rule, getting the necessary votes is going to be an uphill battle. Ultimately, we found that there is a clear appetite among voters for comprehensive legislation that protects an open internet and provides clear rules for both ISPs and edge providers.

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Currently, the CRA has support from all of the senators who caucus with the Democrats and one Republican, Sen. "Millions of people have spoken out, many Senate leaders have listened, and now legislators must act by voting yes on this crucial measure".

Ajit Pai was a vocal critic of net neutrality even before he became the FCC Chairman.

The Federal Communications Commission's rules preventing Internet service providers from blocking or slowing legal traffic, or charging for faster delivery of some content, passed with much fanfare in 2015, will be history on June 11.

More: Net neutrality rules are dead.

In short, only net neutrality stands between us and a greatly diminished version of the internet. His reasoning was that Internet Service Providers can make a better experience for users without regulations and that government involvement stifles innovation.

She also noted that if the resolution passes in the Senate, House members who have yet to "show their cards" on the issue may feel compelled to do so. Net Neutrality is quite popular, with eight out of 10 Americans in favor of it, according to Katharine Trendacosta, policy analyst.

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