House Votes to Overturn FCC Network Neutrality Rules
You may recall my post last December discussing the so-called “net neutrality” rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The concept of net neutrality boils down to the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat content providers equally (i.e., they shouldn’t give preferential treatment to their own content or hinder access to others’ content). The FCC adopted rules it believed would protect open access to the Internet. The rules, and net neutrality in general, have been vigorously debated. Both camps make some valid arguments, although I stand by my earlier declaration that "it seems the rules have done more to fuel the debate than to settle it.”
Indeed, that’s still the case.
Last week, the House passed a Republican-backed bill to repeal the FCC’s net neutrality rules, saying the FCC lacked authority to adopt the rules and, in any event, the government shouldn’t regulate the Internet. Though the resolution passed the House, it passed largely along party lines. It’s not expected to pass the Democrat-controlled Senate, and President Obama has threatened to veto the measure if it showed up on his desk. Thus, last week’s vote may have been more symbolic than anything else.
What do you think about net neutrality?