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New Congress, Same Net Neutrality Debate

Do you support 'common carrier' rules?

by Axios | Updated on 2.8.19

Members of Congress who say they want to reach a compromise on net neutrality seemed no closer than ever to actually striking a deal, as they rehashed old arguments at a Thursday hearing on the issue.

Why it matters: More internet service providers are also big content producers now, exemplified in AT&T's purchase of Time Warner. That's the kind of power net neutrality rules are aimed at reining in.

What they're saying:

  • Republicans say they want reach a deal to codify net neutrality rules into law, but that they refuse to do so if it returns to the utility-style "common carrier" regime the FCC repealed last year. They've introduced three bills — some inspired by what they say were Democratic proposals — to push their Democratic colleagues to the table.
  • "Our point is, do you want this as a political issue or are you serious about legislating?" said Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which hosted the hearing.
  • Democrats say they want tough rules and defend the utility-style regulations.
  • "The interesting thing is that saying, 'I am for an open internet, I'm just not for the common carrier rules,' is kind of like saying, 'I'm for justice, just not for the courts overseeing it,'" said former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, who produced the utility-style rules.

Our thought bubble: Privacy has partly supplanted net neutrality as the major tech issue on Capitol Hill. That didn't stop people from packing the hearing room on Thursday.

The bottom line: People on all sides of the net neutrality question have said for years that they want a compromise but the devil is in the details. So far, there's still a lot of daylight between them.

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  • Chickie
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    02/08/2019
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    Restore net neutrality. FCC Chair Pai totally left the consumer at the curb when siding with big time monopolies to control the Internet. The increase of ads and slow down of service increases day by day. Only after dragging the FCC position to admit Russian interference until 12/2018, further aligns itself to Putin puppet #45’s position. This administration has proven their top concern remains with big money, never the voters they represent. Further extension of #45’s corrupt government, in 04/2018, Pai’s broadband advisor, Elizabeth Ann Pierce, was charged forging contracts to get investments of $250 million. Her trial begins this month. Pai stood to gain a lot of money for repealing net neutrality. He has proudly announced that his repeal of net neutrality stood the vote of Congress...but that was before the midterms. Millions of Americans want to restore net neutrality. What has yet to be seen, is if the legislative body will represent the people who voted them to office.

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  • Joe
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    02/08/2019
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    Net neutrality is another socialistic take over of a critical industry. It will destroy the creativity and growth that has buoyed our economy.

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  • Mary
    02/12/2019
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    Everyone beware because the GOP is already floating a few fake net neutrality laws according to the Free Press. They know 87% of Americans support Net Neutrality and are out to deceive.

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  • Dave
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    02/08/2019
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    Net neutrality need to be open to all, if not, you have an Monopoly, Censorship, Market control and a lack of freedom of speech and press by big corporations. Rules, regulations, laws and fairness are what this country Founding fathers base this democratic social progress on. Not on Privilege and the elite, but to give all persons the same chance. There was no government over site in Facebook, google and others, and look what you got, your personal information used to Manipulate you. Then you complain that the government is not involved.

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  • JTJ
    Voted Oppose
    02/08/2019
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    Don’t be a sucker. If you want a free and neutral internet, then you need to oppose net neutrality.

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  • J
    02/09/2019
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    Why don’t you provide the rules if you want actual informed responses! Your narrative in no way referred to the rules or the question!

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  • samiam6
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    02/08/2019
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    Republicans sold us out. Repeal and then jail.

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  • Douglas
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    02/08/2019
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    Net neutrality is not socialism. It simply states that you have to treat data as neutral. You cannot slow down competitors.

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  • burrkitty
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    02/08/2019
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    I support the “internet as a utility” laws. The tech giants are already monopolies that need to be broken up. I also support the EU style personal privacy laws or stricter. The government’s job is to protect the people, not the corporations.

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  • DrCindyBean
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    02/08/2019
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    Bring Back true net neutrality.

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  • RjGoodman
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    02/08/2019
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    No, this internet configuration is not capitalism, It is corporate monopolism. As long as a few companies control a large amount of an industry, laws must be put in effect to protect the consumer. Net neutrality provides this protection.

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  • Adam
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    02/08/2019
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    The Internet thrived under Net Neutrality rules for many years. Then the FCC (under Ajit Pai’s leadership) wanted to get rid of Net Neutrality to make the big conglomerations like AT&T happy and (potentially) line their own pockets. They completely dismissed all comments on their own public comment board that opposed this action, then LIED about there being a cyber-attack on their system and subsequently CLOSED their public comment board, all to cover-up the fact that they COMPLETELY IGNORED the wishes of the American people, who overwhelmingly spoke up to say they wanted to keep the system as it was at the time. If those actions aren’t currently illegal, they should be.

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  • Miles
    Voted Oppose
    02/08/2019
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    Over 9.5 million posts/poll votes concerning net neutrality were faked by using stolen identities to sway opinion toward approval of net neutrality. It’s a socialist-backed attempted govt monopoly on the internet. Without it, the internet has proven to be far more efficient & better quality. Just like everything in the free market. Gov’t control=trash quality.

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  • Mark
    Voted Oppose
    02/09/2019
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    Keep government hands off the internet

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  • Maryjane
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    YES. YES. YES to Net Neutrality!

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  • OlderNWiser
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    02/08/2019
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    We, the people, deserve to have access to the net without being spied on nor being ripped off for even more profits for obscenely rich people. Cheated by Republicans again. We need net neutrality.

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  • Ronald
    Voted Oppose
    02/08/2019
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    Our Internet must be Free of Government Control.

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  • RAN
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    Keep the internet free of government control, let people prosper.

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  • Loretta
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    02/08/2019
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    I think with all the abuses and break ins on social media we can see the need for regulation. Let’s keep neutrality and improve on it until we gave a better handle on ALL the ramifications of doing away with it! That would be the RESPONSIBLE thing to do LAWMAKERS!

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  • SneakyPete
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    02/08/2019
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    NET NEUTRALITY DEBATE Republicans say they want reach a deal to codify net neutrality rules into law, but that they refuse to do so if it returns to the utility-style "common carrier" regime the FCC repealed last year. They've introduced three bills — some inspired by what they say were Democratic proposals — to push their Democratic colleagues to the table. “Our point is, do you want this as a political issue or are you serious about legislating?" said Rep. Greg Walden (Ore.), the top Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee, which hosted the hearing. “Democrats say they want tough rules and defend the utility-style regulations.” “The interesting thing is that saying, 'I am for an open internet, I'm just not for the common carrier rules,' is kind of like saying, 'I'm for justice, just not for the courts overseeing it,'" said former FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, who produced the utility-style rules. Our thought bubble: Privacy has partly supplanted net neutrality as the major tech issue on Capitol Hill. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻📺💻👍🏻. 2*8*19...........

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