As we all know net neutrality is in great danger thanks to president Trump and his cronies. Net neutrality was one of the few things keeping data from being prioritized and essentially kept the internet a free place for all. As we all know that freedom is quickly coming to end and the internet as we know it is in great danger.
Sadly however, nine Republican US senators yesterday wrote and submitted some new legislation that would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from using the regulatory authority which they possess to impose net neutrality rules. The “Restoring Internet Freedom Act” basically in the simplest terms the Restoring Internet Freedom Act would prohibit the FCC from classifying the ISPs as common carriers, under Title II of the Communications Act.
This law then goes further its also prohibits the FCC from imposing certain regulations on providers of such service.
This bill was introduced by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) and is currently being co-sponsored by Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), and James Inhofe (R-Ok.). Now at this point I would encourage everyone to contact these senators or your senator and tell them that you do not want this.
Now to add insult to injury, Ted Cruz goes a step further and compares net neutrality as the “Obama Care” of the internet. Which is the furthest thing from the truth. It was meant to actually help the internet and let it prosper. It maybe the “Obama Care” of the internet for the ISPs whom because of net neutrality can not prioritize data in any from.
There is some good news, very little but there is a silver lining. There are some Republicans in Congress support net neutrality legislation that would ban blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of Internet traffic without using Title II. Which is great news and those Republicans should be applauded. Sadly from what little there is to know about the bill that Lee is presenting to congress, it would appear that the proposal wouldn’t impose any from of net neutrality rules to replace the ones being struck down.