US FCC Chair Defends Weakening Net Neutrality Despite Senate Vote

US FCC Chair Defends Weakening Net Neutrality Despite Senate Vote

US FCC Chair Defends Weakening Net Neutrality Despite Senate Vote

Specifically, the Senate voted to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's "Restoring Internet Free Order", which kills the current net neutrality protections introduced under President Obama in 2015. Republicans have often referred to the Obama-era rules as additional weight on the backs of broadband infrastructure and businesses while Democrats advocate for firm rules to protect users against the possibility that providers may favor certain subject matter or websites for faster connection while deliberately slowing other content, often referred to as "throttling". The Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn the rule last December.

Those fighting to restore net neutrality have called the FCC's decision to repeal the policy "disastrous" for its potential impact on the average consumer and middle-class family.

Congress needs to reclaim its legislative authority from the FCC, and pass a law protecting consumers and small businesses from the worst-case-scenarios that net-neutrality was created to prevent.

Although it's a major victory for activisists and consumer advocacy groups all around the country, the resolution must be passed by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and signed by Trump in order for it to be enacted.

Net neutrality has become one of the hottest issues in Washington, and the debate is likely to come to a campaign trail near you. Earlier this year, a coalition of 23 attorneys general, including Connecticut's Attorney General George Jepsen sued to stop the rollback of net neutrality.

"Public opinion polls have shown that most Americans favor net neutrality, and this is an opportunity with the midterms coming up to say, 'here's how we voted, and the Republicans did not stand with us'".


Republicans argued that net neutrality just added unnecessary regulations to the marketplace. Many have subsidiaries or affiliated companies that also produce vast amounts of programming, putting them in position to control internet access and download speeds in ways that enhance the value of their own products. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Ed Markey, D-Mass. And even if it passes a House vote, Trump can still veto it.

Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO thanked the Senators for their work in protecting a free and open internet. Brian Schatz, Democrat of Hawaii, and ranking Democrat on the subcommittee that oversees the FCC.

Reversing net neutrality and replacing it with a light regulatory touch is the right step forward.

He said the internet thrived long before the Obama administration stepped in, and he predicted that when the Trump administration's rule scrapping net neutrality goes into effect in June, consumers won't notice a change in service.

Yesterday (16 May) was another victory for those who wish to retain net neutrality and avoid a future where the internet is multi-tiered and stacked against those who can not afford the fastest connections.

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