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New US bill threatens net neutrality rules enforcement

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New US bill threatens net neutrality rules enforcement

FCC's Open Internet Order was published in March 2015 and it established the rules of net neutrality namely:
- No-Blocking of lawful content, applications, services, or non-harmful devices
- No-Throttling: the prohibition "from impairing or degrading lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, application, service"
- No Paid Prioritization.
 
In the Order the FCC declared to "expressly eschew the future use of prescriptive, industry-wide rate regulation”, in an effort to better tailor the old FCC Title II rules from the utilities they were invented for, to the Internet. The Order failed though to define “rate regulation”.
 
In an effort to codify the FCC promise not to regulate broadband rates, the No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act introduces both a definition, and a set of exceptions to the general ban imposed to FCC over rate regulation. Electronic Frontier Foundation is worried that the new bill "could seriously undermine the FCC’s ability to protect the open Internet” because "network neutrality violations that do not fit neatly within that list could actually be shielded by this legislation.” 
 
 
The No Rate Regulation of Broadband Internet Access Act is due for discussion in the Senate this week. 
 
In a statement published earlier last week the White House confirmed that the bill "would undermine key provisions in the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Open Internet order” and "it "would restrict the FCC's ability to take enforcement actions to protect consumers on issues where the FCC has received numerous consumer complaints.”
 
 
The White House statement concludes by saying that "If the President were presented with H.R. 2666, his senior advisors would recommend that heveto the bill."

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Elena Perotti

Date

2016-04-18 10:25

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