Now is the time to set aside differences and unite for one goal and that is to preserve net neutrality.
Republicans have already crossed party lines starting off with Senators Lisa Murkowski (AK) and John Kennedy (LA) who agreed in May to push for the Congressional Review Act or CRA.
As Democratic Senator Ed Markey points out, it is not a bipartisan issue. Officials should use both their heart and mind to determine the best decision for net neutrality and the people who put them in their current position. Republicans can work with Democrats for the great interest of their citizens and the future of the internet.
Another Republican knows the importance of an open internet and expresses his strong support to have restored. As a matter of fact, he introduces a proposition that will overrule several of the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality repeal which took place in June. Colorado Congressman Mike Coffman whose real name is Michael Howard Coffman is the first House of Representatives member to join hands with the Democrats. The proposed bill will make amendments to the Communications Act of 1934.
The Republican representative’s measure will bar internet service providers from blocking, throttling, and employment of paid prioritization. Likewise, it will hinder the FCC from establishing service rates. He considers presenting the synopsis of this bill today at Incompas and Engine Advocacy.
“At this point in time, the fundamental issue is to have legislation moving forward. That’s why I’m supporting the CRA, to put pressure on House leadership as well as members on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, to have this debate,” Republican Rep. Coffman said during an interview.
His bill also known as the 21st Century Internet Act comprised of 18 pages will commission huge telecom companies to deliver traffic to smaller ISPs without imposing fees. The Republican’s measure is expected to deal with hindrances in the House Energy and Commerce Committee where the telecom subcommittee is being chaired by Marsha Blackburn who opposes the forbiddance of paid prioritization.
Net neutrality has been acknowledged as a rule that prohibited broadband and cable providers from delaying or even blocking sites that they prefer. It is clearly a practice of discrimination where consumers are charged more for a faster connection which is also not allowed. They might have promised not to block, throttle, discriminate in any or way or engage in paid prioritization, but it is easier said than done.
However, with the ways things are going on right now such as merging of media (AT&T and Warner) and price increase of pay-TV services (Sling TV), it should be expected that these promises will be broken in one way or another. Edge providers such as AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Comcast may have vowed not to contract unfair bigotry, but with the FCC’s new regulation, they are authorized to do so.
An open internet is what provides Internet users the freedom to freely express themselves online. It empowers and secures free speech just like the Decenternet platform which provides them access to various websites without discrimination. It does not block, throttle, or impose higher fees for a faster connection.