U.S. lawmakers seek to overturn FCC's repeal of net neutrality

U.S. lawmakers seek to overturn FCC's repeal of net neutrality
Last June, the FCC voted along party lines to remove net neutrality from the books. This was the Obama-era set of rules that forced ISPs and wireless carriers to treat all streamed content the same. In other words, a company that streams video content would not be allowed to pay a carrier money to get a "fast lane" to subscribers. Perhaps just as important, the rules prevented ISPs and carriers from blocking streamed content that they philosophically disagreed with.

Subsequent polls showed that the majority of Americans want net neutrality. Additionally, FCC chairman Ajit Pai, appointed to the position by President Trump, has admitted that the commission received interference from Russia during the time period when the FCC was seeking comments on whether to eliminate net neutrality. Several states, including California, have since passed legislation that returns net neutrality inside their borders, although the Justice Department could sue to overturn the new state laws.

Instead of slowly bringing back net neutrality piecemeal, state-by-state, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) said Monday that she will present a bill on Wednesday called the "Save the Internet Act," according to The Hill, and the same bill will be introduced in the Senate as well. Whether these bills will have enough votes to pass the House and Senate is unclear, and even if they do get past both chambers, a final bill faces a presidential veto.

Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia heard arguments from 22 state attorneys general and the AG of Washington D.C. in favor of overturning the FCC's repeal of net neutrality. The FCC argued to keep the status quo, and the court will make its decision this summer.

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5 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Good.

3. true1984

Posts: 870; Member since: May 23, 2012

i dont get it. net nuetrality has been dead for a while now and nothing has happened. it didnt stop anything

4. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Yes nothing has happen but the keyword is YET! The telecom companies don't screw you all at once. The do it bit by bit and before you know it you are getting reamed for stuff that you used to not have to worry about. They are waiting to see what happens with the California net neutrality lawsuit turs out to see their move. The telecoms are patient and have time to screw you. Don't think for one moment that it isn't coming if net neutrality isn't reinstated. The telecoms are the ones who lobbied to have it removed and they have their reasons and game plan for it being removed.

5. true1984

Posts: 870; Member since: May 23, 2012

But they weren't doing that before. The whole internet fast lane thing was something Netflix wanted Verizon and Comcast to do for them, but they didn't want to pay for it. Net neutrality was a solution looking for a problem

2. newbey123

Posts: 702; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Thank You.

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