Internet Neutrality Saved On The United States Last Week Was Just The Beginning

 

Past week vote reverted the FCC rules that would start in June but fight for internet neutrality is far from over. 

 
 RYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images. Picture: RYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images

RYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images. Picture: RYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images

 

BY SEPH BRAND
MAY 20, 2018


Internet neutrality on the United States refuses to die, and these are excellent news to internet democracy supporters, like us.

After an initiative launched last week by a group of Democratic senators, it was possible to force a vote to maintain the rules imposed by Obama and stop the modifications proposed by the FCC on December last year.

So that vote on past May 16, resulted in 52 votes in favor of maintaining the rules and 47 in favor of the FCC (via Gizmodo). Therefore, the neutrality of the network in the United States is still alive, at least until the next year.

That's because in January of 2019, there will be a new vote in the House of Representatives and then the efforts should have to be more significant since it will take 218 votes to maintain web neutrality;  until now, the initiative has 161 votes of the Democrats compromised.

But at least, last week's measure gives activists time to continue in their effort to prevent the ideas of Ajit Pai and the FCC from coming into force.

And of course, Ajit Pai was not very happy with the decision but still, he trusts that "the efforts to replace the exaggerated regulations of the government on the Internet are going to fail" (via Engadget).

For now, the neutrality of the Internet in the United States remains.

 


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