Senate to Vote on Net Neutrality this Wednesday

fadingphilosopherfun:

When the FCC repealed net neutrality they ignored the will of millions of Americans in favor of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) such as Comcast and AT&T. Net neutrality provides title II protections to the internet as a communication utility. Recently the FCC downgraded the internet to an information service which caused it to loose protection under title II.

This opens the door for ISPs to piecemeal out the internet to consumers rather than allowing access to the entire net for one price.

It also allows paid prioritization which could throttle independent creators and small businesses who cannot compete with large corporations who are able to pay to ensure that they show up on the front page of internet searches. Another effect of paid prioritization means that they could charge more for true high speed internet while slowing the connection of those paying at a lower tier.

Repealing Net Neutrality means that ISPs could block or throttle certain websites whose views they disagree with, amounting to censorship, which would normally be prohibited. However since ISPs are not government entities they would be allowed to do so as they please.

Congress is trying to replace Net Neutrality with legislation. However their legislation does not replace true Net Neutrality but rather kills it entirely. It does not provide continued protection under Title II, allows paid prioritization, and bars states from creating their own net neutrality laws which states like California and Oregon are currently doing.

Currently members of Congress are trying to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the FCC’s repeal of Net Neutrality, however they are still one vote short of a simple majority. If just one more senator votes in favor of the CRA Net Neutrality will still have a chance. If Ohioans contact their Congressmen and women and share their views on the matter, they could give their representatives the push they need to vote in favor of the CRA.