FCC Chairman Jessica Rosenworcel announced plans on Wednesday to vote on rules that would restore net neutrality. The vote, scheduled for April 25, would reinstate 2015 internet rules under Obama that were subsequently repealed by the FCC under Trump, two years later.

Rosenworcel, a longtime advocate of net neutrality who announced plans to reverse the reversal late last year, argued that the Trump administration “put the agency on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of the law and the wrong side of the law.” side”. The wrong side of the public. “

In a conference call with the media this morning, a senior FCC official echoed this sentiment, arguing that the Covid-19 pandemic has once again confirmed the importance of broadband access. The official added that ongoing national security threats further underscore the need for strong oversight.

Net neutrality is one of the rare aspects of American life that enjoys broad bipartisan support. A 2022 poll from the University of Maryland Public Consultation Project found that 82% of Democrats, 65% of Republicans and 68% of independents supported reinstating the bill.

Opponents argue that the rules disincentivize investment in telecommunications technology and represent a form of government overreach. South Dakota Sen. John Thune called proposals to reinstate such rules “a draconian solution by the government to find a problem.” The Republican added, “The Biden FCC hopes to use the idea of ​​net neutrality as cover to assert sweeping new government powers on the internet using rules designed for phone monopolies during the Great Depression.”

This morning, FCC officials noted that investment will only increase after the rules were adopted in 2015. A representative speaking on behalf of the commission during a conference call Wednesday added that the FCC is not interested in regulating online speech — they believe the rules, if anything, would do so by taking speech away from Internet service providers (ISPs). Increase speech.

“After the previous administration relinquished authority over broadband services, the FCC was unable to take action to adequately protect broadband networks, protect consumer data and ensure the Internet remains fast,” Rosenworcel said in a prepared statement. , open and fair.” “Restoring the FCC’s popular and court-approved net neutrality standards will allow the agency to once again be a strong consumer advocate for an open Internet.”

More difficult to answer, however, is the question of how to implement these rules. If they pass, it would represent a third shift for many governments. If Trump is re-elected in November, how can current officials ensure we don’t go through this again? The FCC failed to give a satisfactory answer to this, other than to believe that it has a solid legal basis and to collectively hope that this is the last time the commission will be forced to revisit these rules.

#Bidens #FCC #thinks #restoring #net #neutrality #increase #free #speech #online

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *