Capitol Hill Battle Over Net Neutrality Heats Up
It’s been an active few days over the looming end to the FCC’s Net Neutrality regulation. Here’s a quick catch up where things stand and what to watch for over the next few weeks.
For starters last Friday the FCC filed a formal motion to end Net Neutrality on June 11th. After that date Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can begin levering up or down data delivery speeds for individual publishers. This has the potential to create high speed data lanes which ISPs can charge a premium to access, which is why NN is such a controversial topic in the first place.
Since then opponents of deregulation have been rallying Congress to pass formal legislation to keep NN in place. Yesterday the Senate voted to pass that bill by a 52-47 margin, with the surprising support of three Republican Senators. Now the bill will be taken up by the House where it’s chances of passing look longer. If the bill were to make it through the House, President Trump has indicated that he won’t sign it into law – after all his hand-selected FCC Chairman Ajit Pai was responsible for killing NN in the first place. But right now at least there’s a flicker of hope for free internet lovers across the US!