Oregon Senators To Revive Net Neutrality Protections

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Net Neutrality Protections

The challenges are getting piled up as two more senators joined the filing of briefs with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Federal Communication Commission should wear a brave face once it deals with the briefs that advocates filed to challenge its repeal of net neutrality. Two Democrat senators from Oregon, Sen. Ron Wyden, and Sen. Jeff Merkley joined their fellow Democrat senators to challenge the decision of the federal agency that replaced the previous net neutrality protections with a different kind of regulation that took place in June which obviously favors only the interests of broadband providers.

The brief read as, “In sum, the FCC’s reclassification decision in its 2017 Order is based entirely on the misuse of language,” the members of Congress wrote in their amicus brief. “It is divorced from the practical realities that supported the FCC’s 2015 classification decision. And it leads immediately to absurd results. It is an abuse of discretion which this Court should overturn.”

Other Democratic senators that signed the legal brief include the following;  Democratic
Leader Chuck E. Schumer (NY), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Sherrod Brown (OH), Chris Van Hollen (MD), Patty Murray (WA), Gary C. Peters (MI), Jeanne Shaheen (NH), Margaret Wood Hassan (NH), Patrick Leahy (VT), Tina Smith (MN), Kamala D. Harris (CA),  Jack Reed (RI), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Benjamin L. Cardin (MD), Dianne Feinstein (CA), Benjamin L. Cardin (MD), Kirsten Gillibrand (NY), Angus S. King, Jr. (MN), Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Cory A. Booker (NJ), Tammy Duckworth (RI), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Brian Schatz (HI), Tammy Baldwin (WI), Maria Cantwell (WA), and  Independent Sen. Bernard Sanders (VT).

Not only senators signed the lawful brief but the House members as well including Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Michael F. Doyle, and  Frank Pallone, Jr. to name a few.

Trade groups also press the court for the restoration of the previous net neutrality regulations. Companies such as Amazon, Google, and Facebook likewise filed a brief on Monday adding to the already-filed brief earlier this year by the more than 20 state attorneys general. These companies that mainly use the internet for their businesses vowed to support the regulation through a lawsuit filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Their filed brief is similar to the one filed by other internet firms such as Etsy, Mozilla, and Vimeo.

Other groups that support net neutrality including the Entertainment Software
Association, Writers Guild of America West, and the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) which joined the Internet Association (IA) also made their case for the reversal of net neutrality repeal.

They said that the FCC had violated the Administrative Procedures Act through:(1) inaccurately declaring that bright line regulations are not needed to cushion the open internet; (2) the federal agency failed to determine the consequences and benefits of depriving net neutrality protections of the records; and (3) claims to possess no lawful jurisdiction to foster net neutrality protections which according to the FCC challenges the previous rulings.

They also argued that current federal agency vacated its lawful power as it handed over the control to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) under its discriminating and deceitful practices authority. The former ruling of ISP categorization under Title II did not include broadband providers under FTC’s governance since they are forbidden from policing common carriers.

According to Internet Association (IA) president Michael Beckerman, it is beyond doubt that net neutrality protections accommodate consumers, boost innovation, and encourage competition online. He added that robust net neutrality protections guarantee that consumers, and not ISPs determine what websites and apps they can use.

It is just sad why should this happen. For many years, citizen enjoys the freedom of accessing an open internet when all of a sudden, things go upside down. Without the protection of net neutrality, internet access won’t be the same as it was before.

While officials and different groups clash in the wake of net neutrality issues, consumers can still take advantage of an open internet in the Decenternet platform. Opposite to the existing FCC regulations, it does not block, throttle or engage in paid prioritization. Most of all, it does not discriminate against all kinds of traffic.

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