Posted By: jonathan nedelson EditorA year ago today, the US House of Representatives voted to end net neutrality, the internet’s free-and-open internet rules, which have been in place since 2015.
The decision came at the end of a six-year fight to keep net neutrality rules.
The US Senate has yet to vote on the measure, but the vote on net neutrality in the House was expected to be a significant setback to the Obama administration’s attempts to get the FCC to end the net neutrality rule.
It’s been a long time coming, but this week marks the end for a decade of US Internet freedom and open access to the web.
The net neutrality vote came after the US government’s attempts were blocked by the US Supreme Court.
The court ruled in 2015 that the FCC could regulate internet providers like cable companies, internet service providers (ISPs), and internet service commissions (ISC) by forcing them to treat all internet traffic equally.
In an opinion written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court ruled that the Obama FCC had overstepped its authority in regulating internet providers, and that it violated the constitution by imposing regulations that had no legal basis.
The ruling was a major blow to the FCC’s attempt to protect net neutrality.
The internet, and the open internet in particular, is at the heart of the US political system, the courts have ruled.
If the FCC were to continue to enforce the 2015 net neutrality decision, it could open the door for internet providers to create faster and cheaper services.
The government’s attempt at regulating internet service has been a failure, and it is now up to Congress to pass legislation that will end the current FCC rule.US President Donald Trump has already announced his intention to end internet neutrality.
He recently tweeted that he would not be signing the bill, and he said that he was open to the idea of reopening the FCC for debate.
However, Senator Marco Rubio, who is also the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, has warned that repealing the FCC rule would lead to a “dramatic change” in the internet.
Senator Rubio, a Republican, said that the repeal of net neutrality would be a “dangerous move” that would lead Americans to lose their access to information, as well as “stunted innovation and job growth”.
Senator Rubio is right.
If a new law were to be enacted to overturn the FCC net neutrality regulation, it would have major implications for the internet in the US.
A new FCC rule that would re-impose the 2015 rule would mean that internet service could be provided at significantly higher speeds, with fewer restrictions, and be able to charge different rates depending on the speed of the connection.
This would make it much harder for internet service to be affordable for those who are more expensive to provide internet access, and also mean that more Americans would not have access to a faster and more affordable internet service.
Senator Cruz, a Democrat from Texas, also spoke out against the repeal and argued that repealing net neutrality “would put the future of the internet at risk”.
Senator Cruz warned that the current rule is “fundamentally flawed” and said that repealing it would “undermine the future success of the open Internet”.
The Trump administration has been pushing to repeal net neutrality for some time, arguing that it is “stifling innovation” and that the rule would “make it difficult to create new and innovative internet services that will help Americans”.
President Trump has also threatened to cut off the federal government’s funding from internet providers that don’t comply with net neutrality regulations.
President Trump previously threatened to withhold $100bn in funding from the internet providers he said were hurting the internet by blocking or throttling websites and applications.
However the White House has since backed down from the threat.