Congress to vote on whether to restore net neutrality

This week: Senate tees off net neutrality showdown

Ed Markey of MA will try to force the Senate into a vote to reverse net neutrality under the Congressional Review Act.

According to The Verge, the petition gives the Democrats in question the power to force a Senate vote on the FCC's decision - which is precisely what they've done now. All 49 members of the Senate Democratic caucus support the resolution, along with Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine).

Now that the resolution has been filed, it takes a simple majority vote in both chambers of Congress and the president's signature to overturn the FCC rule.

The prior rules were meant to ensure a free and open internet, give consumers equal access to web content and bar broadband service providers from favouring their own material or others.

An official notice of the repeal's effective date will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow.

As netizens' objections mounted online, protesters descended on Washington, DC, prior to the December net neutrality vote. In a 2003 paper, he argued for a nondiscrimination rule that would ensure a level playing field among Internet applications.

CT advocates and lawmakers of net neutrality were disappointed when two bills failed to pass earlier this year.

ISPs should not be allowed to separate data and slide some of it into "fast lanes" while blocking or discriminating other, as Klint Finley explained. In this regard, 73 percent of voters said a good reason Congress should not use this CRA is because it would let large tech companies and edge providers off the hook for having to protect user information. He wrote that the net neutrality rules "created a barrier to the investment and innovation we need to grow our economy and close the digital divide between rural towns and bigger cities".

Without net neutrality rules, many lawmakers predict there will be less competition than there already is, fewer choices for consumers and higher prices. Even those with multiple options might not have access to an independent provider committed to Net-Neutrality principles. "Could they block content?" asked Spencer.

Youtube and NetFlix are examples: Had internet providers blocked or limited video streaming, it is unlikely either of those platforms would be available as they are today. Angus King (I-ME) have come out in support of the measure. What if some only applied to broadband companies like Comcast and AT&T while others only governed internet companies like Facebook and Google, while still other laws affected all internet companies? The FCC's repeal of #NetNeutrality threatens to take that away.

In short, only net neutrality stands between us and a greatly diminished version of the internet.

Internet service providers oppose the effort to restore the Obama-era rules.

ISPs say they don't need net neutrality regulation and that customers don't need to worry about throttled or blocked content. History, however, says they do.

"We're just going to restore what was in place until December of 2017 and then no further legislation will be needed", Markey said.

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