FCC says net neutrality rules will end in June


Regardless of how the Senate votes this month, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) effort will not provide Americans with lasting protections for the internet. Lawmakers invoked the Congressional Review Act to force a vote, which lets Congress use an expedited legislative process to review new federal regulations. That means they need at least one more Republican vote for the petition to pass the Senate and be sent to the House of Representatives.

It was not immediately known when the vote will be scheduled, although the deadline for a vote is June 12. Big cable companies praised it.

"The FCC thinks it can close the book on net neutrality on June 11", wrote Free Press on Twitter after the date of net neutrality's formal death was revealed.

Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers (ISPs) treat all content equally and not give preference to some digital content providers.

Harold Feld, senior vice president with the Washington, D.C. -based nonprofit Public Knowledge, compared net neutrality to "an on-ramp to the internet", meaning ISPs are "not allowed to interfere with what the subscriber wants to do or where the subscriber wants to go".

"We don't know how this is going to end, but this is part of an effort to get every member of Congress on the record either supporting or opposing Net Neutrality", said Sen.

What does the FCC do?

The rules, put in place in 2015 when the FCC was controlled by Democrats, prohibited internet service providers from selling faster delivery of certain data, slowing speeds for specific content and blocking or otherwise discriminating against any legal online material.

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"Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet", Pai said in a statement.

KitGuru Says: It seemed that all hope had been lost when the vote struck last December, but now it looks like Net Neutrality has a fighting chance. "Today we enter this historic final stretch here in the Senate in the battle to save net neutrality". Susan Collins of ME, has joined Democrats and in the absence of Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), along with Sen.

"The Internet wasn't broken in 2015, when the prior FCC buckled to political pressure and imposed heavy-handed. rules on the Internet economy", he stated.

How could a full repeal impact consumers?

"I believe today kicks off the most important week for the internet that the Senate has ever seen", he said. It also stopped carriers from charging to carry content that it didn't like or agree with.

Among those who have endorsed the initiative are World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee and Democratic FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. Essentially, the Internet would become a tiered "Internet of things".

The letter explains, "Users and businesses need certainty that they will not be blocked, throttled or charged extra fees by Internet service providers".