Senators Weigh In On FCC's Net Neutrality Plan
Ten U.S. Senators have requested that Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, strike from his proposed net neutrality rules those that would allow for the creation of a fast lane. The FCC is prepared to vote on the proposal on May 15, despite the outcry from the public, from more than 100 businesses, and even two FCC commissioners. The senators write, "Changing the rules - to let broadband internet service providers (ISPs) demand payment from web site and app developers - would eradicate net neutrality, not preserve it. Any time one group of packets is favored on an IP network the rest of the traffic is, by definition, discriminated against. We worry that the NPRM language would permit broadband providers to collect new tolls from innovators, entrepreneurs, and all manner of speakers on the internet." Some of the signees include Sens. Ron Wyden, Al Franken, Chuck Schumer, Elizabeth Warran, and Kirsten Gillibrand.
Democrat Senators Move Forward with Bid to Reinstate Net Neutrality
With the support of 50 Senators, Democrats are advancing a bill to bring back the rules governing net neutrality that were cut by the Republican-led FCC. The FCC voted to repeal net neutrality in December and the rules reached the Federal Registry earlier this month.
50 Senators Now Support Plan to Protect Net Neutrality
The number of Senators who've put their support behind protecting net neutrality has reached 50. Last week, Sen.
Appeals Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia today upheld the FCC's 2015 net neutrality rules.
Court to Allow Net Neutrality Rules to Take Effect
A federal appeals court today refused to block the FCC's net neutrality rules from going into effect. USTelecom, the CTIA, and other groups sought to prevent them from becoming law while the rules are being litigated.
Washington State First to Approve Its Own Net Neutrality Rules
The State of Washington on Monday approved its own set of laws regulating net neutrality after the FCC voted in December to scrap such laws at the federal level. The law bans internet providers from throttling and/or blocking content, and also mandates that they make public their network management policies.