Louis co-working spaces petition state politicians to restore net neutrality

11 May, 2018, 00:50 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • FCC announces 'net neutrality' rules will expire in June

The internet has helped him get the word out about his designs and he plans to use that momentum to set up his own company, but he's anxious that recent changes to net neutrality rules could make it harder for his small business to succeed.

Mrs. Sanders said the White House wants to see Congress take action to ensure fair rules for everyone, rather than the FCC through its rule-making process. The result was the passage of a bill that would force ISPs to adhere to net neutrality principles, similar to laws recently passed in Washington State and Oregon. They ignore the fact that the FCC already requires broadband providers to disclose their open internet practices and has returned authority to the Federal Trade Commission to police any deceptive or unfair practices of ISPs.

Democrats said that was a mistake and are trying to take advantage of what they said is net neutrality's broad public support to make Republicans pay at the polls in November's midterm elections.

Our findings also showed that an overwhelming 87 percent of voters react positively to arguments for a new legislative approach that sets one clear set of rules to protect consumer privacy that applies to all internet companies, websites, devices and applications instead of using this CRA.

On Wednesday, Senate Democrats and one Republican will petition to vote on the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which aims to block the FCC's repeal.

However, with a patchwork of regulation around the U.S., and the potential for a challenge at the federal level, the fight for net neutrality is clearly far from over.

Numerous popular websites are on Red Alert as the nation has brought up the campaign to save net neutrality rules under Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Ajit Pai. After he took over the role from Tom Wheeler, he went on a public crusade to undo the protections keeping net neutrality in place.


The initiative is spearheaded by Senator Edward Markey (D-Massachusetts), who found allies in two colleagues from Maine, Senators Angus King (I) and Susan Collins (R). "We look forward to working closely with the FTC to safeguard a free and open Internet", Pai said.

Listen to GeekWire's interview with Cantwell, a vocal advocate for net neutrality, below.

Pai succeeded and overturning the FCC's Open Internet Order in December 2017, effectively ending net neutrality protection in the United States.

With Republicans in the majority, 236-193, in the House, the resolution is unlikely to pass, and even if it does, it would still need President Donald Trump's signature.

Evan Greer told Courthouse News the battle for net neutrality is about more than competition or "how fast videos load". They were created in 2015 to keep internet providers from slowing down or speeding up certain websites.

How will the Red Alert save net neutrality?

Internet service providers oppose the effort to restore the Obama-era rules. Net Neutrality is quite popular, with eight out of 10 Americans in favor of it, according to Katharine Trendacosta, policy analyst.

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