Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Do any Republicans oppose the FCC's net neutrality vote? This one does

Do any Republicans oppose the FCC's net neutrality vote? This one does

Kickstarter warned that ISPs will be able to "slow down websites" and "censor content" after the net neutrality repeal.

The sites joined an online protest on Tuesday called "Break the internet" that opposes the upcoming FCC vote to repeal the net neutrality protections.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn-who, like her Democratic colleague Jessica Rosenworcel, has stuck by average internet users throughout this entire dark ordeal-has taken to openly mocking FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, if only for the fun of it.

The survey by the university's Program for Public Consultation and Voice of the People, a nonpartisan polling organization, concluded that 83 percent of Americans do not approve of the FCC proposal. While 48 percent said they found the government's case convincing, 75 percent said they found the contrasting arguments of consumer groups and tech companies convincing.

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If approved, the net neutrality changes could still be challenged through the courts or through Congress.

In addition, rather than asking survey-takers their opinion on net neutrality without much prior context or by phrasing the questions in ways that could affect the results, PPC prepared respondents ahead of time with a policy briefing laying out the case from both sides of the debate. Others including Github, Imgur and Mozilla participated too with pro-net neutrality banners across their pages.

The letter states that the FCC's proposed Restoring Internet Freedom order is "based on a flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology". Since 2015, the internet has been regulated as a utility, instead of an information service. With a Republican majority, the latter is unlikely, but it hasn't stopped net neutrality supporters from trying. The survey was conducted on behalf of the Progressive Policy Institute, which two months later published a study supporting the broadband industry's claim that the net neutrality rules have prevented Internet providers from investing in and upgrading their networks. The proposed Order would also repeal oversight over other unreasonable discrimination and unreasonable practices, and over interconnection with last-mile Internet access providers.

"I believe Congress can find the right balance of light-touch regulatory authority while celebrating the same open internet protections that exist today", Coffman wrote in a letter to the FCC chairman. This backs up Senator Thune's proposal for passing legislation that protects the internet and consumers. "This gives free reign to broadband providers to block or throttle your broadband service as long as they inform you of it". In place of existing rules, the FCC and FTC are partnering to police the web to make sure it doesn't turn into the wild west afterwards.

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