Net neutrality ends this Monday, June 11th; motion to keep it alive could die in the House

Net neutrality ends this Monday, June 11th; motion to keep it alive could die in the House
Last month, the Senate took the first step in a last ditch effort to save net neutrality by passing the Congressional Review Act (CRA) that would overrule the FCC's decision to end the regulation. This coming Monday, June 11th, net neutrality is scheduled to be phased out. Originally put in place by the Obama-era FCC, the regulation prevents ISPs and wireless carriers in the U.S. from charging streaming content providers for a "fast lane" that would disseminate their media at a faster data speed and at a higher resolution than the competition. Eventually, these extra charges could be passed along to the public. Net Neutrality also blocks the wireless operators and internet firms from deciding not to show certain content to subscribers that they don't agree with.

The CRA passed by the Senate aims to reverse the misleadingly titled "Restoring Internet Freedom Order" that was passed by the Trump-era FCC, led by chairman Ajit Pai. As we pointed out at the time of the Senate vote, the CRA now has to pass the House where the Democrats that support the Act are greatly outnumbered. Getting the House to vote on the matter requires a special discharge petition to be signed since House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) does not support the motion. 218 votes are needed to allow the House to vote, and there are currently 170 members on board.

Even if the motion's supporters find 48 members who want the matter to come up for a vote, the Act probably will not pass the House. And if it should somehow get through, it faces a presidential veto that most likely won't be overturned.

Net neutrality is becoming a political issue with many Democrats planning on using it as they campaign ahead of the mid-term elections. And some states are taking matters into their own hands. California, for one, is close to passing legislation that would force ISPs and wireless carriers to adhere to even stricter net neutrality regulations. New York is another state where the legislature is discussing passing its own net neutrality law.

source: TheVerge

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8 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

I don't want this net neutrality stuff. I can pay and use what I want.

2. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Great! Similar stuff you could also say; "I don't want this love stuff. I can pay for sex" "I don't want poverty in the world to end. I myself can pay for want I want" "I don't care about National Health Services, I can pay my own doctors" Generally you can always throw away principles, as long as you have money.

3. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's just a dumb comment. Net neutrality has nothing to do with that.

5. izim1

Posts: 1599; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Way to show your ignorance. Quick lesson time: without net neutrality, you can only "pay and use" what ISPs WANT you to pay and use. Not what you want. Theyre in control of the internet they provide you and for how much.

8. Paximos

Posts: 282; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

What a revolutionary statement!!

6. LiveFaith

Posts: 465; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

"Net Neutrality" = typical corrupt Washington legislation title to something intended for a completely different State empowering purpose.

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6033; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Wow, you sound like someone willing to sleep on a mattress full of asbestos, seeing as how Trump and Pruitt both made the same statement about how asbestos was banned by the shady mobster government and there's no health risk to it.

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