A congress attempt The push by big online companies to promote net neutrality through obscure legislative tools ignores a simple truth: it will not permanently protect an independent and open Internet and millions on the wrong side of the digital divide Will continue to leave. Instead of spending time on Halle Marie, a legislator with virtually no chance of becoming a reality, Congress should come together to develop a comprehensive bill that levels the Internet sports arena for all Americans.
Following a December vote by the Federal Communications Commission to repeal Title II regulations on the Internet, a group of congressional lawmakers proposed repeal of the order using a tool called the Congressional Review Act. The legislation empowers Congress to repeal the rules created by federal agencies through a simple majority – making it immune to Filmbusters and Congressional debates.
Prior to 2017, the Congressional Review Act was successfully implemented only once. And while it has recently been used to repeal many Obama-era rules, to the destruction of progressivists, it has never been used to establish a core policy that affects nearly every American is.
But while lawmakers and tech giants have claimed that using the Congressional Review Act would restore net neutrality, it would actually strengthen net neutrality rules and expand opportunities for all Americans to participate in a truly open Internet Will do nothing for The fact that the effort was passed by Congress was also unlikely, the Trump administration would respond by issuing a new set of rules, thus prolonging today’s ping-pong regulatory cycle, and for consumers and broadband providers Will leave an uncertain future.
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Worse, the Congressional Review Act will simply restore old Title II rules that have not created the opportunity for the open Internet with a level playing field that the proponents of net neutrality have long imagined. Today’s Internet giant dominates multinational content providers, of which just five have a net profit of 80 percent of revenue produced on the net – and the trend is deteriorating.
Examples of low-income and diverse entrepreneurs compete head-to-head with these companies and wins are far from over. The fact is that today’s leading Internet edge providers such as Google and Facebook are some of the least diverse companies, and they are as prominent in their industry as some of the titanic monopolies of the industrial age. So why hurry to restore rules that largely favor their business model over everyone else?
The Internet has changed the way businesses operate, create jobs and open doors to new economic opportunities. But the Internet ecosystem has become dominated by some of the wealthiest companies, while various communities have been largely closed. We need to ensure that more Americans can be active participants in this growing Internet economy, which is why a legislative gimmick that intensifies congressional hearings is the wrong way to institute such an important and far-reaching policy.
Unlike the Congressional Review Act, a broad legislative approach can legislate net neutrality while ensuring a true level playing field that benefits all Americans and allows all our diverse communities the opportunity to participate.
Despite more rhetoric from some claiming to have repealed Title II, the Internet will be destroyed, nothing has really changed for consumers. However, the Internet needs to be transformed in a way that will restore its promise as an open and diverse platform that brings opportunities for all.
Congress has an opportunity to enact a strong net neutrality bill that works for all. But to accomplish that goal, all those supporting net neutrality need to set aside caustic rhetoric and help create a sustainable legislative path toward a free and open Internet that benefits all Americans.