Are Republicans Going To Gut Net Neutrality?

Posted: May 25 2016, 7:19pm CDT | by , in Latest Political News


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Are Republicans Going to Gut Net Neutrality?
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It really isn't a secret to anyone who has been paying attention that the Republican Party really hates net neutrality regulations. However, now that are going to do something with that hatred. Member of the House GOP have drafted a budget proposal for 2017 that would all but neuter some of the FCC's bigger telecom initiatives barring some outside financial help. They would be cutting the budget by $69 million, preventing the FCC from enforcing net neutrality rules until some of the court cases are able to be decided and wind down. Of course, that could take years because of the legal system.

There is also more involved that gets a little scary. The bill would also ban attempts at regulating broadband rates. The FCC might be okay with keeping its hands away from the regular pricing for broadband, the GOP would like there to be a broad definition of rate regulation, which would hurt the FCC's net neutrality enforcement capabilities. It could also prevent the Commission from looking at unfair data cap practices, which could hurt all of us that use the internet for any kind of reasons.

This means that carriers would be free to steer you toward their services and create a monopoly, making it impossible for others to survive.

If this bill gets the necessary votes, it is likely that President Obama will veto it, given that the government's fiscal year starts in October. The House tried the same thing last year and didn't get the votes. However, supporters are going to keep pushing.

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