Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Net neutrality is dead, but not if these senators get one more vote

"We need to be paying attention, educating ourselves and others, and speaking out. This is the moment to fight!"

Image Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET

In an official statement by Ajit Pai, FCC chairman, net neutrality will die on June 11.The vote to repeal net neutrality, passed by the GOP-controlled Senate in December, will “formally” erase current net neutrality rules “off the books,” Common Dreams reported. “The internet as we know it” will die slowly.

“Nothing will happen right away. ISP shills will immediately start saying, ‘See? The sky didn’t fall, guess we never needed net neutrality in the first place,” Fight for the Future (FFTF), an advocacy group said. “The big ISPs aren’t going to immediately start blocking websites or rolling out harmful paid prioritization scams. Not while Congress and the courts are still deliberating. The internet’s death will be slow.”

Yet, a petition filed under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) by Ed Markey, D-Mass., and 32 other Senate Democrats and one Senate Republican could restore net neutrality and its protections. But the group needs one more yes vote to progress the petition, possibly by next Wednesday, and keep “internet openness” the “law of the land,” Jessica Rosenworcel, Democratic FCC commissioner, said in a statement yesterday.

An end to net neutrality could mean “internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon to block sites, charge access fees for online content and throttle apps and services,” FFTF explained in a statement.

“We need to be paying attention, educating ourselves and others, and speaking out. This is the moment to fight!”

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