Senate Approves Measure Protecting Net Neutrality

Senate Democrats push to block net neutrality repeal using Congressional Review Act

Senate Democrats push to block net neutrality repeal using Congressional Review Act

"I'll keep raising a ruckus to support net neutrality, and I hope others will too". In this case, that ruling was the Restoring Internet Freedom Order, which was introduced by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, and carried through by a Republican majority in the Commission.

The consequences were not surprising.

"When there's less investment that means fewer next-generation networks are built".

Despite surviving a court challenge from broadband industry groups seeking to overturn the rules in 2016, they came under fire again a year later - this time from the agency's new Republican leadership.

However, Cruz maintained that net neutrality is predominantly only a big issue for "hardcore activists who hate the president", and he credited much of its widespread popularity to having a "clever name that sounds positive and beneficial".

Net neutrality is a founding principle of the internet, which states that all internet traffic should be treated equal. This stunning, consumer-harming retort to the FCC's decision was not about Net Neutrality but about common carrier regulation under Title II.

Providers have said they won't block or throttle legal websites but have left open the possibility that they might charge more for some data delivery. But unlike how utilities are treated, the FCC decided not to impose rate regulations or require broadband providers to file notice of pricing plans.

"In 2015, President Obama's FCC set out to fix what wasn't broken". In truth-a concept Mr. Wheeler holds little regard-the misapplication of the rate regulation provisions of Section 201 and 202 of the Communications Act laid the foundation for Mr. Wheeler's rules.

Now, it appears, the Democrats have retail price regulation in their sights. "Everyone who's done so knows that killing net neutrality is bad for society - not just because it harms tech innovation, but because it compromises our civil rights", wrote Anil Dash, who served as a technology adviser in the Obama administration, in a tweet before the FCC's vote.

A major objection about the rules was the FCC's decision to classify broadband as a more highly regulated utility-like service under Title 2 of federal telecommunications law. "The American people have spoken and the American people should listen".

AT&T said Wednesday it backs an open internet and "actual bipartisan legislation that applies to all internet companies and guarantees neutrality, transparency, openness, non-discrimination and privacy protections for all internet users". Highways are not free, of course, but are provided (poorly, by the way) by our government through a massive tax program.

The partisan makeup of the House of Representatives is more Republican than the Senate, and the White House has signaled no change of position on net neutrality. This time, however, it was Democrats who led the effort to kill a rule supported by the Trump administration.

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