First Republican Representative Champions Net Neutrality

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Net Neutrality

Some things are least expected to happen but they do, and it’s surprising.

No one expects that Republican House Rep. Mike Coffman (Colorado) will sign an appeal to push a vote on a rule that will restore net neutrality protections. These principles have been repealed by the Republican-led FCC in December last year which took effect on June 11.

Others see the event like a dam that is breaking. Cracks began to crawl on the wall that will soon likely open the floodgates.

Former FCC commissioner Michael Copps said, “By supporting this measure, Congressman Coffman is putting the interests of his constituents and the American people ahead of monopoly cable and telecommunications providers. We urge Congressman Coffman’s Republican colleagues to follow his lead and sign the discharge petition to restore net neutrality. It’s the right thing to do.”

However, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan declined to forward the recommendation to the floor. That is, despite citizens throughout the political continuum intensely disagreed with the FCC’s decision to roll back net neutrality protections. If there will be a sufficient number of GOP lawmakers to support a discharge petition, a vote is likely possible. Proponents cheered Coffman’s decision as an important maneuver with regard to swaying more Republicans to advocate both the petition and resolution.

Aside from expressing his support to champion net neutrality, Rep. Coffman also proposed his own measure known as the 21st Century Internet Act. If 218 House members sign the petition, the Congressional Review Act (CRA) will move forward to the president’s office. To date, the petition has garnered 176 votes from the Democratic House members while Rep. Coffman has become the first Republican to provide support for the restoration of net neutrality.

According to Rep. Coffman, his 21st Century Internet Act will enduringly condense into law all aspects of net neutrality. He added that the battle to maintain an open internet should be taken care of by the Congress and not by the FCC. The American people have every right to know that their designated authorities and not unvoted politicians are contending for their interest. The challenge begins with his measure that will establish an ‘Internet constitution’ with the constructive elements of net neutrality.

The newly introduced bill improves the 1934 Telecommunications Act to include a new classification of regulated services that befit ISPs. It would bypass the lawful disagreements over previous net neutrality efforts. The new classification has been named Title VIII services. It would forbid the employment of paid prioritization, degeneration of quality or speed of traffic, or imposing access fees to edge providers.

With the turn of events, net neutrality is beginning to rise again. Reinstating an open internet is the best decision the country’s official can make for the people who put them on the position where they are currently. Now must be the time to show that they really care and ready to protect their citizens.

Decenternet is one platform that protects their users. When it comes to personal data, consumers are assured that their information will not be shared or sold. They have the liberty to freely interconnect online since they are privileged to the boundless access to various websites with no experience of blocking or throttling. The contents they want to access will be free from discrimination.


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