Public officials in the town of Brattleboro are considering building a government-owned internet network, in part, to protect so-called net neutrality.
Just over one year ago, the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to repeal the network neutrality rules it adopted in 2015. However, the FCC regulation could make a comeback if House Democrats have their way.
Four states — Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and now California — have enacted state-level net neutrality laws. However, power to regulate in this area is expressly granted to the federal government by the Constitution.
“That Act does not supply clear congressional authorization for the FCC to impose common carrier regulation on Internet service providers. Therefore, under the Supreme Court’s precedents applying the major rules doctrine, the net neutrality rule is unlawful.”
Some of the largest corporations in economic history — among them Google, Amazon, and Facebook — are longtime supporters of the restrictions. Conversely, smallish challengers, such as T-Mobile, find themselves subject to the full force of the rules. That makes no sense.
“Contrary to what the hysterical left-wing rhetoric would have the American people believe, repealing ‘net neutrality’ has not led to the death of the internet as we know it, nor has it led to higher prices or slower internet traffic.”
As Vermont looks to advance its own net neutrality rules in the wake of last year’s FCC ruling that rescinded the policy at the federal level, one expert is warning that such efforts will fail, and a trade group is already threatening to sue.
In December, the Federal Communications Commission led by Chairman Ajit Pai voted to rescind the Obama-era Internet regulation known as net neutrality. Last week, state lawmakers in the Senate Committee on Finance listened to testimonies for and against legislation to re-establish the regulation for Vermont.
AT&T expressed the need for an “Internet Bill of Rights” overnight Tuesday in an apparent attempt to end the bureaucratic back-and-forth on “net neutrality.”
Doubts have emerged over whether the new purchaser of Burlington Telecom is as committed to net neutrality as the company had indicated during the bidding process.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said Monday that some supporters of so-called “net neutrality” rules have essentially been “brainwashed.”