Top Congress Democrats on Wednesday introduced legislation to restore the open internet rules that were revolutionized by the Trump administration in December 2017.
Democrats in the House and Senate introduced slips to recover Obama era net neutrality rules prohibiting broadband providers from blocking or deleting sites or offering high-quality preferred businesses for additional fees.
At a press conference that announced the legislation, housekeeper Nancy Pelosi said that re-introducing net neutrality would help promote American democracy and economic opportunities. "Democrats take pride in bold measures to restore neutrality protection: reduce costs and increase consumer choices, give entrepreneurs equality to compete and help bring broadband to every corner of the country."
Legislation provisions, known as the "Save the Internet Act", also intend to prevent the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from ever ordering orders to dismantle the protection without congressional action.
"Save the Internet Act" would endorse true online neutrality protectors by codifying the FCC 2015 Open Internet Order as a new, independent law section, Congressman Mike Doyle, the Communications and Technology Subcommittee, said. 19659004] Republicans in the FCC scraped the neutrality rules in a party line vote less than a year after President Donald Trump took office. The Commission leader, Ajit Pai, argued that the light touch rules would be established, would give broadband providers more incentive to innovate and build networks; While the old rules had hindered investment and distribution, he said.
Pai's frequent remarks about the damage allegedly caused by the Obama era rules were often contradicted by the broadband providers themselves. And as of the end of January, the new jobs and industry investments Pai had promised not materialized.
Far from it, AT & T and Verizon started major layoffs in the US last year, despite the fact that they also benefit from the Trump tax cuts. In October, Verizon also announced that it had no plans to accelerate the 5G distribution.
Democrats, who won control of the house in the elections in November 2018, noted that the GOP-controlled Senate already voted a year ago to restore the neutrality rules by three Republicans.
"When we talk about a free and open internet, we mean an Internet that is free of business control and open to anyone to communicate, innovate and connect," said Senator Ed Markey. "Save the Internet law is clear and simple: override the Trump FCC's erroneous decision and restore strong net neutrality protection."