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Should Congress restore net neutrality?

10 Mai 2018

The Open Internet Rules prohibited internet providers from establishing slow and fast lanes, and from preferring certain traffic over others.

The initiative is spearheaded by Senator Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts), who found allies in two colleagues from Maine, Senators Angus King (I) and Susan Collins (R).

She added that just three big cable companies control access to the Internet for 70 percent of Americans, and during the past decade, the price for these services has increased nearly twice as fast as inflation.

KitGuru Says: It seemed that all hope had been lost when the vote struck last December, but now it looks like Net Neutrality has a fighting chance.

Under the CRA, the Senate is required to consider a resolution if 30 senators sign a petition forcing a vote. But it seems that the Office of Budget and Management has finally taken the time to put its rubber stamp on some specific amendments in the Restoring Internet Freedom Order. We shouldn't be making it more hard for them to advertise on the internet, or for individuals to access it.

Reuters reports that a notice by the FCC sets the end date around June 10.

Listen to GeekWire's interview with Cantwell, a vocal advocate for net neutrality, below. In this case, it would bring back net neutrality protections.

We can't allow internet service providers, instead of consumers, to be in charge of determining the future of the internet.

The Democratic senators are getting some help, though, with popular websites like Etsy and OKCupid issuing red alerts on Wednesday, encouraging visitors to contact members of Congress to help save net neutrality. Telecommunications companies would have the power to suppress particular views or limit online speech to those who can pay more.

Supporters of the reversal argue that the rules, imposed in 2015 under then-President Barack Obama, unnecessarily regulate the industry and impede the free market.

That's why ISPs like AT&T and Comcast are pushing hard for a fake net neutrality law in name only; one that will profess to deliver the protections consumers are looking for, but whose real objective is to prevent and pre-emt any meaningful state or federal net neutrality protections. "Broadband providers will have more incentive to build networks, especially to underserved areas".

A group of states and others have sued to try to block the new rules from taking effect.

Should Congress restore net neutrality?