May 24, 2018

FCC Says Net Neutrality Rules to Cease on Jun 11

11 May 2018, 01:09 | Franklin Nunez

FCC announces 'net neutrality' rules will expire in June

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

In the Senate, a CRA resolution must be submitted and voted on within 60 legislative working days after the agency officially transmits the rule to Congress - the deadline for a vote on the net neutrality CRA resolution is June 12.

Without net neutrality, ISPs will be free to throttle Internet traffic.

With so much hyperbole to break through, we came together as Democratic and Republican pollsters to find the facts. With the support of all Democrats, two independents and one Republican (Susan Collins of Maine), they might succeed. With the prolonged absence of Republican Senator John McCain due to illness, proponents believe they will win on a 50-49 vote. Karr said that the expectation is that the measure will be approved by the Senate, but that the House of Representatives might be a steeper climb. But even in Louisiana, hundreds of thousands of residents remain unconnected. If that passes, the House has until the end of the year to vote on it. The repeal effort was led by Ajit Pai, who President Donald Trump appointed to chair the FCC.

But it's not a given, Greer said.

Net neutrality protections for consumers will formally die on June 11. A number of Members of Congress are acting in the name of "net neutrality", proposing the use of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to nullify the Restoring Internet Freedom Order.

Public opinion in favor of the 2015 order has been overwhelmingly bipartisan. According to their findings, 75 percent of Trump voters support the Obama-era policy.

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And on the bright side: All is not lost if net neutrality does die on a federal level.

"Only in Washington is this a controversial issue, due to the influence of a few big cable and telecommunications companies like Comcast and Verizon who have the technical ability and financial incentive to give preference to some content online, including their own".

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) and others filed a motion to reinstate the rules.

"This is an issue young people are voting on", Gigi Sohn, former counselor to former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, said Wednesday. The group was among those that sued unsuccessfully to overturn the 2015 regulations.

"By returning to light touch framework, we are helping consumers and promoting competition..." Ultimately, we found that there is a clear appetite among voters for comprehensive legislation that protects an open internet and provides clear rules for both ISPs and edge providers. "If a service provider can block you from seeing certain content or can make you pay extra for it, that hurts all of us and we should have rules against it", Zuckerberg wrote in July 2017.

Others argue that net neutrality discourages innovation by network owners or it could also discourage investment in infrastructure.

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