Should the FCC get rid of net neutrality rules?

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Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, recently unveiled plans to repeal the 2015 “net neutrality” regulations. Those rules impose utility-style regulations on internet service providers to prevent them from favoring their own services over competitors.

Ryan

Paul Ryan

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House Speaker

YES

Reaction to FCC plans

“There is no authority or need for the federal government to regulate the internet…Chairman Pai’s announcement that the FCC will roll back these regulations is welcome news.”

Concerns

“The internet is evidence of the unparalleled heights that a true free market can reach. But those heights have been threatened by federal regulations that set a dangerous precedent by focusing on controlling the internet rather than protecting consumers.

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Next steps

“Congress is committed to working with the Trump administration to enact policies that protect consumers and ensure Americans have access to a free and open internet.”


Baldwin

Tammy Baldwin

Senator

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NO

Reaction to FCC plans

“Rolling back net neutrality rules will allow internet service providers to create an uneven playing field in the online marketplace for services and ideas.”

Concerns

“Net neutrality is a principle that is at the heart of an accessible and free internet, and I believe we need to protect innovators, entrepreneurs and consumers and keep the internet open for everyone.”

Next steps

“We must work to ensure that the internet does not become a two-tiered system, with fast lanes for some and slow lanes for others.”

 

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