Will the Democratic representatives be now able to save net neutrality?
Last week, new congressmen are sworn in the House of Representatives who are mostly Democratic. These House Dems shaped general assertions that bulwark net neutrality. They provide proponents the encouragement that the issue of net neutrality will not be disregarded.
Of all the 64 new House Dems who swore into the House of Representatives, at least 45 of them openly bolstered net neutrality. Most of them condemned the decision of the Federal Communications Commission‘s (FCC) to repeal the rules of the 2015 net neutrality regulation forged during the Obama government. Others attempted to seek assistance to utilize the Congressional Review Act (CRA) in an effort to invalidate the agency’s decision which turned out to be ineffective.
Demand Progress communications director Mark Stanley said, “Given the new makeup of the House, and the fact that grassroots remain highly energized on this issue, we’re confident we can pass legislation in the House that restores net neutrality protections. Members who do not support such common-sense legislation risk a major backlash from all those who depend on an open internet and are fed up with corrupt Beltway pandering to giant corporations at the expense of ordinary constituents.”
One of the new House Dems, Rep. Abby Finkenauer (D-IA) expressed her support to keep net neutrality rules retained. She also cautioned that its absence will “suppress innovation, impair competition, and undermine small enterprises.” Rep. T.J. Cox (D-CA), on the other hand, tweeted his support for an open internet the day that FCC decided to dismantle it. He added that “maintaining an open internet is important to grasping a strong democracy.”
Meanwhile, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Forest Hills) is now the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. The new position gives him the opportunity to govern a broad assembly of congressional agenda that deals with the broadcast industry, broadband spectrum concerns, telecommunications, and technology research and development.
He cannot contain his eagerness to establish the committee’s agenda regarding net neutrality issues instead of just playing defense after serving in the minority for eight years. Rep. Doyle anticipates working with his fellow representatives to develop guidelines that are beneficial to consumers, small businesses and developers. Lastly, to organize efficient tutelage of the Trump administration.
His other urgencies for the subcommittee involves overseeing the gathering and utilization of digital data that firms collect and store. These companies use apps, geographic positioning devices, social media platforms, and biotechnology services such as through 23andMe, wearable to name a few.