Vermont Business Magazine Vermont's two U.S. senators - Senator Patrick Leahy (D) and Senator Bernie Sanders (I) - have joined Senator Edward J Markey (D-Mass), a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, and 13 other senators on Thursday in announcing their plan to introduce a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would undo Thursday's action by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and restore the 2015 net neutrality rules.
It seems Ajit Pai, the FCC Commissioner who led the charge to repeal net neutrality, will have quite a battle from a number of motivated opponents.
Several corporations have previously said they would not play favorites with internet content. Consumers, though, have little choice but to take them at their word.
The FCC's vote concludes a tumultuous eight-month passage since Pai, proposed gutting the earlier rules.
The broadband industry has promised that the internet experience for the public isn't going to change. "If they want to promote competition, they should promote the development of more internet providers".
Net neutrality is the basic principle that internet service providers (ISPs) such as Comcast, Verizon and AT&T must treat all data on the Web in an nondiscriminatory fashion, meaning they can not charge different rates based on users, content, websites or other such nuances. This is what many experts, politicians, free speech advocates, and companies argued when publicly opposing the repeal of net neutrality. "That is the future as well under a light touch, market-based approach".
He added that it "certainly wasn't heavy-handed government regulation" that has been responsible for the internet's "phenomenal" development.
Congress could write a law to overrule the FCC's action, but it hasn't acted as Democrats dismiss Republican invitations to legislate to a permanently weaken the 2015 rules. But the fight for network neutrality is not over by any means. "And that means more Americans are left on the wrong side of the digital divide". "Having clear, legally sustainable rules in place finally established rules of the road and provided legal certainty", the Internet Association, a trade group for web companies, said in comments to the FCC. "And we'll be working aggressively to stop the FCC's leadership from doing any further damage to the internet and to our economy".
Despite massive opposition - from protesting consumers, tech companies, internet pioneers, lawmakers, state attorneys general and advocacy groups - the FCC voted to repeal the landmark Obama era rules that prohibit ISPs from blocking or slowing down the internet, or giving preference to certain online content.
The move is opposed by Democrats, Hollywood and big internet companies like Google parent Alphabet Inc and Facebook Inc, which had urged Pai not to rescind the rules. "To the contrary, the internet is perhaps the one thing in American society we can all agree has been a stunning success".
Commission member Michael O'Rielly dismissed "fear-mongering" by neutrality backers.
Jesse Ferguson, a Democratic strategist, said polls have found young people are favoring Democrats in the latest elections and that the net neutrality issue could be used to gather support in the 2018 midterm elections.
With net neutrality, ISPs cannot discriminate against certain content, applications, and platforms, nor can they charge users for quicker or exclusive access to internet services.
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