Democrats in Congress Attempt to Reinstate Net Neutrality with Maneuver Against FCC

Stabenow, Peters introduce legislation to reinstate Net Neutrality

The activist group Fight for the Future has garnered almost 25,000 signatures in a petition asking legislators to defend net neutrality and "protect the free and open Internet for generations to come".

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said he was "pleased" with the proposed legislation.

Americans of both parties have made their opinion on net neutrality clear. In an attempt to restore those rules, members of Congress are introducing a bill to reinstate those rules.

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In a party-line vote, Republicans at the FCC scrapped the net neutrality rules in December 2017.

A US federal appeals court last month held lengthy oral arguments in a legal challenge to the FCC's decision to repeal the rules. This was all part of President Trump's mandate to get rid of a lot of the regulation that is now holding back businesses from doing different things - not just within the FCC, but throughout government. "I think we're going to find out, as we already did in the Senate, that we're pretty unified on our side of the aisle, that we believe that protecting consumers from price-gouging on the internet, a vital tool for communication today, is essential".

Both sides in this fight tend to agree on the principles of net neutrality, but they disagree over who should police it. ISPs argue they can handle it themselves. This time-tested framework has preserved the free and open Internet.

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Pelosi said the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology would be holding hearings next week. Advocates of the 2015 net neutrality rules say that defeats the point, as Internet providers could seek new ways around the net neutrality rules that the FCC would then be powerless to stop. "Right now, without Title II, the internet remains a key driver of economic growth". The threat of that rate regulation, according to opponents, deterred internet service providers from investing in their networks and making them faster or better. It also reinstated broadband providers under a Title II classification, which allowed them prioritize some types of internet traffic and set pricing.

The "Save The Internet Act" ensures that all Americans have access to a free and open internet. "Lawmakers should not be fooled-no other legislation in Congress comes close to ensuring these strong protections, and the public will settle for nothing less".

Tina Pelkey, a spokeswoman for Pai, said the Democrats' bill would reverse the FCC's successful policy of encouraging Internet growth and freedom.

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A bill to restore Obama-era net neutrality rules would likely make it through the House but have a tougher time in the Senate, which has a Republican majority. But given that this whole debate started with an ISP behaving badly-at a time before the explosion of data and the binge-watch era-net neutrality supporters are not ready to trust Comcast, Verizon, Spectrum, and other large ISPs.

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