Senate Squashes Attempt to Kill FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The Senate has voted down a measure aimed at knee-capping the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, which were proposed in December 2010. Senate Republicans argued that the the FCC's attempt to regulate the internet overreached its bounds. Senate Democrats disagreed, and won the party-line vote 52-46. In a message to the Senate, the White House said, "It would be ill-advised to threaten the very foundations of innovation in the Internet economy and the democratic spirit that has made the Internet a force for social progress around the world." Under the new rules, wireless providers would not be able to block users from accessing any web site. Wireless providers wouldn't be allowed to block internet calling services that make use of wireless broadband data connections (or any competitive service). The providers would also have to publicly disclose their network management practices. However, the providers would have the say-so to manage their networks in order to deal with congestion. The rules have been published in the Federal Registry and are scheduled to go into effect November 20, though the FCC is still facing legal action from Verizon Wireless, the Free Press, and other bodies.
Republicans Target Net Neutrality Rules with Budget Trickery
A new budget proposed by House Republicans would hobble the FCC's attempt to enact and enforce its proposed net neutrality rules. The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill "prohibits the FCC from implementing net neutrality until certain court cases are resolved, requires newly proposed regulations to be made publicly available for 21 days before the Commission votes on them, and prohibits the FCC from regulating rates for either wireline or wireless Internet service." Republicans have used several different avenues through which to block the FCC's proposed rules.
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.
Republicans Likely to Fight Net Neutrality Rules
The FCC plans to vote on its proposed net neutrality rules on Feb. 26, but members of the Republican party have signaled their intent to fight the new measures.
Republicans Attempt to Defang the FCC
Republicans proposed net neutrality legislation of their own on Friday that could significantly weaken the FCC's power over regulator internet providers. The bill, drafted by Senate Commerce Chairman John Thune and House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, would make it illegal for network operators to throttle data or offer paid prioritization schemes — except for data management purposes.
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