Tuesday, 21 May, 2019


'Save the Internet' Bill Tries to Revive Net Neutrality Rules

'Save the Internet' Bill Tries to Revive Net Neutrality Rules 'Save the Internet' Bill Tries to Revive Net Neutrality Rules
Melba Vasquez | 08 March, 2019, 22:44

The United States House and Senate Democratic leaders are about to unveil new legislation today proposing to restore federal net neutrality rules on Internet providers.

The Republican-controlled FCC said in a statement Wednesday that the main thing the internet "needs to be saved from is heavy-handed regulation from the 1930s". In an attempt to restore those rules, members of Congress are introducing a bill to reinstate those rules.

"We stand for an innovation economy that represents more than $1 billion already and how important it is for them not to be throttled back by somebody who gets to make arbitrary decisions about access to broadband", Cantwell said. "People in MI depend on reliable, high-speed internet to run their businesses, get an education, and succeed in their daily lives".

Democrats on Wednesday introduced a bill to reinstate net neutrality laws repealed by the Trump administration's FCC.

Markey said the bill has the support of almost all Democrats, and a companion bill will be introduced in the House of Representatives on Friday. As written, the draft legislation would reverse the FCC's 2017 vote to repeal its net neutrality rules, and restore the 2015 regulations approved during the Obama era. Democrats would need to bring at least two Republicans over to their side, to get this bill to pass.

A Mozilla-led group filed its petition against the FCC rules rollback last August with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

In her speech, Pelosi reported that 86 percent of Americans opposed President Trump's assault on net neutrality-including 82 percent of Republicans.

Just about every single Democrat in the House and the Senate supports these bills. "Whether it's slowing down Netflix, blocking access to innovative mobile services, or adopting anti-competitive zero-rating policies, the track record for ISPs on this issue is clear".

According to Sen. Markey, killing net neutrality rules helps only big business. Even getting a simple majority will be tougher than previous year because Republicans gained two seats in the Senate and now hold a 53-47 advantage. Advocates of the 2015 net neutrality rules say that defeats the point, as Internet providers could seek new ways around the net neutrality rules that the FCC would then be powerless to stop.

The FCC led by former Verizon attorney and current chairman Ajit Pai was successful in dismantling net neutrality rules that were imposed under the previous administration, but it's far from a done deal. Let's come together to ensure that continues, because all sides want a permanent solution.

"Rarely, if ever, has such a short bill raised so many obvious legal problems", Szoka said, noting that the Congressional Review Act - the authority on which the Save the Internet Act is based - allows Congress to strike down rules issued by regulatory agencies like the FCC, but not the orders by which an agency interprets provisions of a statute.

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