The Federal Communications Committee (FCC) was successful in repealing the net neutrality rules that the previous FCC leadership passed in 2015. However, Congress can still pass a law to simply reverse the repeal or even improve on the previous net neutrality rules. Net Neutrality Rules Repealed Back in February, FCC’s new chairman Ajit Pai, who is a former Verizon lawyer, issued a “Restoring Internet Freedom” order in the Federal Registry. That order has now gone into effect, which means the net neutrality rules have been canceled. The objective of the net neutrality rules has been primarily to stop discrimination from internet service providers (ISPs) against both large and small websites based on the type of content they serve. This is how the term “net neutrality” was coined -- the idea was that every bit is the same and that ISPs can’t charge differentiated prices based on different types of services. Potential Outcomes Resulting From The Repeal … [Read more...] about FCC Has Repealed Net Neutrality Rules, But Congress Can Reverse The Decision
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Democrats on Thursday made a last-ditch request for a House vote to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s decision due to take effect on Monday repealing so-called net neutrality rules that sought to ensure equal internet access. FILE PHOTO: Chairman Ajit Pai speaks ahead of the vote on the repeal of so called net neutrality rules at the Federal Communications Commission in Washington, U.S., December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo The 47 Senate Democrats and two independents wrote U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan urging him to schedule a vote to keep the Obama-era net neutrality rules. His office did not comment, referring questions to the Energy and Commerce Committee. The FCC repealed the net neutrality rules in December, and they formally expire on Monday. New regulations give providers power to speed up or slow down internet traffic based on how much customers pay, and those are due to go into effect after a … [Read more...] about Democrats urge U.S. House vote on net neutrality rules as end nears
The rollback of net neutrality is officially set to take place on Monday, and Senate Democrats are wondering why the House hasn't taken action yet. In a joint letter, all 49 Senate Dems urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule a vote on the Congressional Review Act, which would overturn the Federal Communication Commission's decision to end the current rules governing net neutrality. It also set up a site with a ticking clock noting the time it's been since the Senate acted. Last month, the Senate voted in favor of the CRA, giving hope to net neutrality proponents. But for the CRA to take effect, both the House and President Donald Trump need to sign off on it. The Republicans, which have generally sided against net neutrality regulations, have a larger majority in the House, and it's unlikely that Trump would countermand his appointee, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. Democrats, however, have been pushing for a vote on net neutrality because they want to get every congressman's … [Read more...] about Senate Dems are urging the House to vote on net neutrality before it ends
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch by Brian Fung by Brian Fung Email the author May 9 Email the author Democratic Sens. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), center, and Edward J. Markey (Mass.), far right, are prominent opponents of the GOP-led FCC's policy on net neutrality. (Olivier Douliery/Getty Images, File) Internet activists and tech companies are kicking off a series of protests Wednesday to draw attention to net neutrality once again. What's at stake now is a key piece of legislation on the hot-button issue that lawmakers on Wednesday will seek to bring to the Senate floor. When the GOP-led Federal Communications … [Read more...] about Why the Internet is suddenly protesting on net neutrality all over again
Huffington Post Net neutrality is officially dead, but what does that mean for Internet users in the US and beyond? Will it ever come back? Read on to find out. Editor's PickNet neutrality affects all of us: how to support Google and 39 others in day of action Some of the biggest tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, and Reddit are holding a “day of action” today to fight for net neutrality. Here’s why you should care and what you can do … Brief background Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about net neutrality, an ongoing debate in the US. Net neutrality required service providers to treat every content equally: no throttling, blocking, or providing preferential treatment for additional fee. These rules were one of the Obama-era FCC’s signature achievements, but with Ajit Pai in charge, a former Verizon employee, and two other Republicans, the … [Read more...] about FCC officially repeals net neutrality rules: what now?