Net neutrality bill introduced in US Congress

Lawmakers seek to revive net neutralityintroducing a bill that would make it law rather than relying on the regulatory authority of a US agency.

Net neutrality prohibits ISPs from privileging their own services or creating fast lanes and charging companies to use them. The original net neutrality rules were overturned by the Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Ajit Pai, despite widespread support within the tech industry.

Senators Edward J. Markey and Ron Wyden, and Representative Doris Matsui introduced the new bill to Congress in an effort to ensure that net neutrality remains the law of the land and cannot be easily overturned by the whims of the public. FCC personnel.

“The Net Neutrality and Broadband Justice Act reflects the undeniable fact that today’s broadband is not a luxury. It’s essential. This means that the potential harms Internet users face without strong net neutrality protections a without the FCC being able to exercise its appropriate authority are bigger than ever. said Senator Markey. “My legislation would reverse the damaging approach taken by the Trump FCC, which has left broadband access unregulated and consumers unprotected. This would give the FCC the tools it needs to protect the free and open internet. , thereby creating a fair broadband future for everyone in our country. I thank my partners for their support of this crucial legislation.

Opponents say the measure is unnecessary and point to the fact that net neutrality did not exist when the internet was created and became an integral part of modern life.

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Net neutrality proponents say the measure is necessary to keep the internet free and open, especially for emerging small businesses. They argue that the make-up of the Internet and Internet-based businesses today is much different than it was in the beginning, and without net neutrality, startups today will not have the same opportunities than companies of the past.

For example, if a company like AT&T or Comcast – companies that control Internet access for millions of people and own their own media platforms – can charge their competitors more to provide services on their networks, small businesses would be strongly disadvantaged.

“For anyone who wants more innovation, more voice, and less corporate control on the internet, net neutrality is a no-brainer,” said Senator Wyden. “I wrote the first Senate net neutrality bill to protect the open internet, where bits are bits and no one has to pay extra for digital toll roads just to learn, do shopping or getting health care online. Oregon and other states have stepped up following damaging actions by the Trump administration. Now, I’m proud to join Senator Markey and Representative Matsui in restoring net neutrality across the country and stopping big wires from ripping off consumers and small businesses.

“The 21st century economy relies on a free and open internet – providing innovators and consumers with access to vital services and information,” said MP Matsui. “Trump-era deregulation has left the internet landscape without comprehensive consumer protections, enabling discriminatory practices that leave ordinary Americans facing the consequences. To keep the online ecosystem a vibrant driver of innovation, we need clear rules of conduct that prevent ISPs from blocking, slowing down, and prioritizing web traffic. This bill will empower the FCC to adapt to the ever-changing marketplace, champion fair access, and promote free speech and innovation online.

It’s unclear whether there’s enough support in either branch of Congress to pass the law before the midterm elections.

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