US Rep. Mike Doyle Trying To Restore Net Neutrality

FCC repeal took effect Monday

Net Neutrality

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – The repeal of net neutrality rules took effect Monday, but Mike Doyle is not letting equal access to all web content go that easily. The Pennsylvania congressman has filed a petition to require a vote in the U.S. House on his bill to save net neutrality.

The Obama-era Open Internet Order regulated Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to ensure that all Internet content received the same treatment, disallowing blocking, throttling or discriminating against any content. It also blocked providers from charging more to deliver content faster.

The Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to reverse the order in December.

The Congressional Review Act allows members of Congress to offer a joint resolution of disapproval on any recently issued regulation by federal agencies.

“What we’re trying to do is repeal what the FCC did today,” Doyle told the KDKA Radio Afternoon News. “And as we speak today, there are no rules. There is nothing to stop your ISP from blocking content or throttling, slowing down access to certain types of programs.”

Doyle also says there is nothing stopping paid prioritization, a practice that allows content distributors to pay ISPs more to guarantee faster delivery of their content. Critics of the FCC’s repeal say this puts small content creators at a disadvantage to giants like Google or Amazon.

“This stifles innovation,” Doyle claims.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai claims the rules that were in place were stifling innovation and were not motivating companies to make headway.  

Doyle says that’s a “joke” and that the Internet’s developers and leaders in tech are unanimously opposed to the repeal of net neutrality.

Doyle says that because Speaker Paul Ryan will not bring his bill to the floor, he must get 218 signatures on a discharge petition to bring his bill to reinstate net neutrality to a vote. He needs 48 more signatures.

Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts introduced a counterpart bill in the Senate that was approved in May by a vote of 52 to 47.

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