Do none of y’all actually read the text of bills Tumblr people hype up?
The FCC, the commission who’s only mandate is to regulate and control (keyword) communications inside the US (including censorship laws), reclassified all internet services as ‘telecommunications’ so that internet communications and commerce would fall under their jurisdiction. AKA, the Government, through the FCC, took control of the internet in February of 2015.
They used the pretense of “Net Neutrality” to justify their power grab, but make no mistake. For all the flowery language, the end result was that the FCC took control of the internet, and it is now within their rights to censor and regulate everything Americans can access online.
The FCC’s own report, in the paragraphs of so called ‘justification’ for their take-over, acknowledge that no ISP was actually threatening net neutrality. There were no active examples of ISPs playing favorites. When the FCC took over the Internet, not a single ISP was trying to “deceive consumers, degrade content, or disfavor … content”. All the FCC could say was that the ISPs had the tools to do it. Well, guess what, they have since Internet became a thing, and not one of the ISPs has ever engaged in any such anti-consumer practices. No paid slow-downs, no preferred content, nothing. None of it ever actually happened, and there was no evidence that any ISP was even planning to do it. But the FCC took control anyways.
S.993, the bill you’re saying will ‘kill net neutrality’, is literally one paragraph of simple english. Its only purpose is to undo what I just described. Here, let me quote it to you verbatim:
In General.—The rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in GN Docket No. 14–28 on February 26, 2015 (relating to broadband Internet access service), shall have no force or effect, and the Commission may not reissue such rule in substantially the same form, or issue a new rule that is substantially the same as such rule, unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of enactment of this Act.
In common, non-legalese, the bill says, “Hey, FCC. This is Congress. That wasn’t cool. The internet is not yours to regulate. We’re stopping you from enforcing that nonsense, and no, you can’t just write up an identical rule again. Knock it off.”
It took me less than ten minutes of research and I think a total of 5 mouse clicks to get this information. True, not everyone is fluent in legalese, but it’s not that complicated to understand.
DO NOT trust overhyped, unresearched opinions on proposed legislation as being representative of what’s actually contained in that legislation. This bill is literally the Congress saying “Yo! We shouldn’t be able to control the internet through the FCC!” And that’s all it is! There’s nothing else to it!
Do your research, people. That’s what your precious internet is good for, isn’t it?
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