Bipartisan Group Of Lawmakers Just Ripped Trump’s Plan To End Net Neutrality
President Trump’s FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is following through on his pledge to repeal Obama-era regulations designed to ensure that internet service remains open for all users and providers treat all online content and apps equally.
But the backlash is building up as an overwhelming majority of Americans vehemently oppose changes to Net Neutrality under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission.
Now, several lawmakers have joined the resistance and are expressing their opposition to Trump’s plan to hand the internet to corporations.
U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-ME) as well as U.S. Reps. Chellie Pingree (D) and Bruce Poliquin (R-ME) said in separate statements that repealing the Obama-era rules would be disastrous for consumers and should be reconsidered.
Net neutrality as a concept, which was codified under former President Barack Obama’s administration, aims to ensure equal access to the internet for consumers. Opponents of changing those rules say eroding net neutrality protections would allow internet service providers to block certain content or charge more for various types of internet use.
[FCC plan would let internet providers choose the sites customers see and use]
The FCC announced Tuesday its plan to dismantle net neutrality regulations and said commissioners plan to vote on the issue on or after Dec. 14. Congress is not involved in the FCC’s vote but could intervene with legislation if it chooses.
In a written statement, King, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, called abolishing net neutrality “a monumentally bad decision for the country.”
“The internet is a vital part of 21st century life and a critical driver of a modern economy,” King said. “The proposed repeal of net neutrality threatens those advancements by putting speed and availability of information for sale to the highest bidder.”
Sen, Collins, a Republican, said she does not support the commission’s proposal because “internet providers must not manage their system in an anti-competitive way that limits consumers’ choices.” Clark said any changes also must not discourage the spread of broadband internet in rural areas.
Rep. Pingree, a Democrat, called the proposal “plain wrong” and said it could create “fast and slow lanes based on who can afford it.” In Twitter posts this week, she blamed Republican President Donald Trump’s administration for showing through the proposal that it “stands on the side of profits over people.”
GOP Congressman Bruce Poliquin also said he is opposed to Pai’s plan to gut Net Neutrality.
voted in favor of ending a measure opposing the Obama-era policy.