The fight to sustain net neutrality has begun, with many Democrats leading the charge.
On January 16th, 21 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). It has been just a couple of months since the FCC issued a ruling that overturned net neutrality rules put in place during the Obama administration.
The northern Colorado city of Fort Collins has joined the growing roster of municipalities nationwide that have decided to build out their own broadband network.
By a 7-0 vote, the city council approved a plan to offer residents gigabit speed, net neutral broadband as an alternative to current service providers Comcast and CenturyLink. The city is aiming to provide that high-speed connectivity for $70 per month or less, as well as a less expensive Internet tier of service. Fully wiring the 56.8 square mile city and its 158,600 residents is expected to take five years.
Support is growing for the Senate bill that would reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to repeal net neutrality after Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) said she'll support the new legislation. The FCC voted in December to reverse Obama-era rules that barred internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic, or offering paid fast lanes. In response, several state attorneys general vowed to sue.
Collins announced through a spokeswoman, Annie Clark, that she would join the opposition to the deregulation of internet service providers. “She believes that a careful, deliberative process involving experts and the public is warranted to ensure that consumers have strong protections that guarantee consumer choice, free markets and continued growth," Clark said.
The Federal Communications Commission might have voted to dismantle the Obama administration's net neutrality effort, but Democrats, who demonstrated alongside angry members of the public when the vote took place, have already introduced a plan to undo the FCC's decision.
Spearheading the effort is Senator Ed Markey (D-MA), a longtime consumer advocate on technology issues. He announced he will introduce a measure under the Congressional Review Act (CRA).
As Trump administration Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman and former Verizon lawyer Ajit Pai wages war on net neutrality his latest salvo has folks anything but laughing.
Trying to convince people to support his plans for a “free internet”, Pai resorted to an attempt at a humorous video. Pai uploaded it at conservative site The Daily Caller.
Colorado's Republican Congressman Mike Coffman, on Tuesday became the first Republican to urge regulators to delay a vote on net neutrality, which would repeal open internet rules adopted two years ago.
In a letter to Ajit Pai, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman who proposed the changes, Coffman said altering the rules “may well have significant unanticipated negative consequences.” He requested Pai let Congress hold hearings on the issue and pass open internet laws.
The Federal Communications Commission is set to vote on net neutrality. The vote, pushed by Chairman Ajit Pai, is expected to pass. What date will it occur? According to NPR, the vote is expected to happen on December 14. The five-member FCC has a Republican majority and the vote is expected to go 3-2.
The FCC board is also made up of Democrats Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn. The other Republicans include Brendan Carr and Michael O'Rielly.