Friday, February 24, 2017

Net Neutrality Supporters Rally on Rule's Second Anniversary

The fight over Net Neutrality is heating up as the Landmark Internet Rules hit their two-year Anniversary on Sunday. And Supporters are worried the future of the Rules could be in doubt.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has already begun chipping away at Net Neutrality, which requires Internet Service Providers (ISP) to treat all Web Traffic the same.

Earlier this month, he suspended an Investigation into Free Data Services offered by Companies including AT&T and Verizon. Critics claim those Plans which give Customers Free Data violate Net Neutrality. And at an Open Commission Meeting this week, Pai pushed through a Measure that exempts Smaller ISPs from the Rule's Reporting Requirements.

Democrats, though, are vowing to fight back and plan to use the anniversary of the Rules to rally support.

The FCC's lone Democrat, Mignon Clyburn, who Voted against rolling back the Net Neutrality Reporting Requirements is holding a rally Monday to Commemorate the Anniversary. She'll be joined by Advocacy Groups backing Net Neutrality as well as Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus for the Event at the Cannon House Office Building at 3 p.m.

Pai also made it clear on Friday that his Work on Net Neutrality isn't done yet. The Commissioner temporarily Blocked part of the Privacy Rules on Broadband Providers approved by the FCC in October. The Rules subject ISP to tougher Rules on Storing and using Consumer Data and were passed under Authority from the Agency's Net Neutrality Rules.

Pai's move was met with immediate applause from Conservatives and the Telecom industry, while Privacy Advocates were quick to condemn the Move.

Republicans on the Hill have also signaled their intent to tackle those Privacy Rules, with Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) set to introduce a Bill that would Roll Back the Broadband Privacy Regulations in their entirety through the Congressional Review Act.

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