The Republican Senate’s passage Wednesday of a measure that would reinstate the Federal Communications Commission’s net-neutrality rules is a strong indication that support for those regulations is gaining steam.
Net neutrality started as an obscure policy debate, but it’s become a mainstream issue, and the more people know about it, the more they support it, regardless of their political identification.
That support means that even if the Senate’s resolution ultimately dies in the House of Representatives or on President Trump’s desk, the net neutrality rules are going to be reinstated, one way or another.
The resolution the Senate passed Wednesday that would reinstate the Federal Communications Commission’s net-neutrality rules may ultimately go nowhere.
But this issue isn’t going away.
And one day, likely in the not-too-distant future, net neutrality protections will be the law of the land again — this time for good.
Support for the open internet rules has only grown over time, both among the public and in the Beltway. And the more people know about the rules and what purpose they serve, the more they like and back them, no matter which side of the political aisle they’re on.
“People from across the political spectrum, from the far left to the far right, can all agree: they don’t want their cable company to control where they get their news and information, how they listen to music, or where they can stream videos,” said Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future, an internet activist group that pushed hard for the Senate resolution.
Because of that, the FCC’s vote in December to get rid of its rules may eventually be seen as the last gasp of the anti-regulatory guard.
Net neutrality is relatively new but it’s rooted in long-standing laws
To understand why a reinstatement of the net-neutrality rules is beginning to seem inevitable, you have to understand a bit about what they are and their past history.
At its core, net neutrality is the principle that all data, sites, and services on the internet should be treated the same. Users should be able to access whichever site or service they’d like, without an internet provider blocking them or getting in their way — or promoting its own sites and services to the detriment of others. That makes sense to many people, because the conceptual framework underlying net neutrality is rooted in long-standing traditions, rules, and laws about how we treat companies that offer their services to …read more
Source:: Business Insider