Congressional Republicans’ Net Neutrality Bill Will Strip The FCC Of Its Authorities
On Friday, Congressional Republicans in both the Senate and House presented a Net Neutrality bill that would interdict Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from blocking content or prioritizing it for websites that pay more to offer their consumers a speedier access.
Reportedly, the draft legislation would also apply to both wired and wireless ISPs and take away rule-making power from the Federal Communications Commission as well as precluding the agency from reclassifying broadband traffic as a Title II telecommunications service. FCC’s chairperson Tom Wheeler has hinted that he may put forward the reclassification sometime before Feb. 26, 2015.
Speaking of this, Senate Commerce Chairperson John Thune (S.D.) who also worked on the draft stated:
By turning the FCC away from a heavy-handed and messy approach to regulating the Internet, this draft protects both consumers who rely on Internet services and innovators who create jobs.
According to an early report, Tom Wheeler hinted at considering a proposal brought forth by President Barack Obama who suggested practicing Net Neutrality and preached that “there should be no gatekeepers between you and your favorite online sites and services,” by regulating broadband as a utility. With that being said, this draft seems like a direct blow at President Obama.
FCC Chairperson is about to put forward his proposition on open Internet rules which were rejected by a federal court about a year ago. FCC is expected to vote for new rules on Feb. 26, 2015 in which the commission is expected to reclassify broadband as a Title II of the Communications Act service – something which has been greatly opposed by all broadband and wireless ISPs in the U.S.
In response to this, an Obama administration official stated that they are still reviewing the bill, but believe that this whole legislative action is unnecessary. Furthermore, the officials also showed concerns that this would strip the FCC of its current authority.
Coming Wednesday, the said draft will be presented in both the Senate and House as a subject of discussion. What do you make of all this? Let us know in the comments below!