Republican's Net Neutrality Bill Opens Door for Paid Fast Lanes
A new bill proposed by Marsha Blackburn, a Republican representative from Tennessee, aims to "fix" net neutrality with a number of provisions. For example, the Open Internet Preservation Act proposes that there should be no blocking and no throttling of web traffic. At the same time, the bill would make it possible for internet providers to create paid prioritization schemes in order to foster fast lanes. Moreover, the bill defines broadband as an information service and not a utility, something that would prevent it from being regulated more tightly under Title II. "This legislation is simple, it provides light-touch regulation so companies can invest and innovate, and make sure our internet is up to 21st century standards," said Blackburn. The Republican-led FCC recently voted to rescind the net neutrality laws that were put in place during the Obama administration.
FCC Net Neutrality Repeal Permits Blocking and Throttling
Jan 4, 2018
The FCC today released the text of its plan to reverse Obama-era net neutrality regulations. The FCC contends that the rules stifled innovation and investment in wired and wireless broadband.
Senate Votes In Favor of Saving Net Neutrality
May 16, 2018
Democrats in the Senate forced a vote on net neutrality today and walked away victorious. Members of the Senate voted 52-47 to retain the net neutrality regulations put in place by the Obama administration that were later nixed by the FCC.
Net Neutrality Rules Officially Expire Today
Jun 11, 2018
American consumers are no longer protected by the net neutrality regulations put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration. The rules were voted down by the Republican-led FCC in December 2017 and effectively evaporate today.
FCC to Begin Dismantling Title II Net Neutrality
May 18, 2017
The FCC today voted down party lines to begin the process of undoing the Title II designation that governs net neutrality. "The FCC is proposing to return to a regulatory framework that preserved a free and open internet for almost 20 years," said the agency on its Twitter feed.
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