AT&T Wants Congress to Pass Net Neutrality Laws
AT&T today claimed in full-page newspaper advertisements published around the country that it wants Congress to take charge of net neutrality. The company suggests an "internet bill of rights" is in order. "It is time for Congress to end the debate once and for all, by writing new laws that govern the internet and protect consumers," said AT&T. The company claims it "is committed to an open internet. We don’t block websites. We don’t censor online content. And we don’t throttle, discriminate, or degrade network performance based on content. Period." The company goes on to say this bill of rights should apply to all internet companies and guarantee neutrality, transparency, openness, and privacy protection for users. AT&T said it will work with Congress in order to make such a bill of rights a reality. Evan Greer, marketing director of Fight the Future, points out that AT&T spent more than $16 million in 2017 lobbying to kill the FCC's net neutrality regulations. "We had an Internet bill of rights," said Greer. "It was called Title II, and AT&T's army of lobbyists did everything in their power to burn it down." A number of Senators have already said they'll propose net neutrality. They have 50 signed on and need one more in order to bring the legislation in front of the Senate. In the House, some 110 Representatives back similar legislation. The FCC's work to undo net neutrality is being fought on many fronts. For example, the agency is being sued by civil rights groups, state attorneys general are battling the agency, and a handful of governors are weighing state-level net neutrality laws. The FCC voted to reverse the Obama-era net neutrality rules in a vote last December, despite public outcry.
Nov 14, 2018
Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T, wants Congress to prevent states from enacting their own net neutrality and privacy laws. "There are a number of states that are now passing their own legislation around privacy and, by the way, net neutrality."
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.
May 1, 2018
Senate Democrats are looking to make net neutrality a campaign issue heading into the 2018 mid-term elections and will kick things off May 9 with a vote. Sen.
Feb 22, 2018
The FCC today published its "Restoring Internet Freedom" rules governing net neutrality in the Federal Register. Per the filing, the agency will repeal the Obama-era net neutrality rules effective April 23.
Jan 22, 2018
Montana Governor Steve Bullock today signed an executive order that would force internet service providers to comply with several basic tenets of net neutrality. Specifically, Bullock said any ISP that has a contract with the state government cannot block web sites or create for-pay fast lanes that would impact its other customers.