I got an email from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) about the latest attempt to “undermine” (their words) Net Neutrality, a regulation many, including the FCC fought hard to pass. In a nutshell, Net Neutrality, passed in 2015 allows the FCC to regulate the Internet as a utility. This prevented ISPs from creating “pay to play” policies. This proposed bill, H.R. 2666 – “No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act,” if passed, would bar the FCC from regulating Internet rates. The EFF says, “The problem is that the bill is worded so vaguely that it could be interpreted to forbid the FCC from enforcing many key net neutrality principles.”(EFF.org) The bill is sponsored by Adam Kinzinger, (Rep. 16th dist.) The bill states, Section 2: “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Federal Communications Commission may not regulate the rates charged for broadband Internet access service.” (govtrack.us) Read the bill on govtrack.us.
Section 3 states exemptions and I think (2) means that the FCC can still forbid “paid prioritization” which means that the commission can still forbid a “pay to play” rule. According to the EFF, the bill might be up for passage this week.
On its face, the bill does look like an attempt to undermine Net Neutrality. Like most bills, you need to read the backstory of the bill and take a look at the acts and codes mentioned in the other sections of the bill.
If you oppose (or support) this bill, let your representatives know. You can use the EFF link “Take Action,” or contact your representative yourself.