US Congress to vote to reinstate net neutrality in April

21 Mar 2019

According to a letter seen by Reuters, which was sent by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer to colleagues, the US Congress will vote on the bill known as the Save the Internet Act during the week of 8 April. The bill resembles an effort made last year to reverse the order of the FCC that took effect on June 2018. There are many lawmakers in favour of the new bill, but it is not clear that proponents will be able to force a vote in the senate.

 

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The Internet’s success lies in its design, which is based on the principle of net neutrality. From the outset, the flow of all the content on the Internet was treated without discrimination. New entrepreneurs did not need permission or market power to innovate on the Internet. With the development of new digital services, especially the ones consuming high bandwidth such as high-quality video streaming, some Internet operators (telecom companies and ISPs) started prioritising certain traffic – such as their own services or the services of their business partners – based on business needs and plans, justifying such an approach with a need to raise funds to further invest in the network. Net neutrality proponents strongly fight back such plans arguing this could limit open access to information and online freedoms, and stifle online innovation.

 

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