Posted on May 2, 2017 by Caleb Chen

These 9 Senators proposed a bill to kill net neutrality called the “Restoring Internet Freedom Act”


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Senator Mike Lee from Utah, along with 8 other cosponsors, has introduced S.993: “A bill to prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from reclassifying broadband Internet access service as a telecommunications service and from imposing certain regulations on providers of such service” aka the Restoring Internet Freedom Act. Senator Lee’s plan is to forbid the FCC from even being able to declare internet service providers (ISPs) as Title II common carriers – essentially negating the Open Internet Order from 2015. Senator Lee also sponsored an identical bill in 2016 during the 114th Congress with the same 8 cosponsors.

These 9 Senators really don’t like net neutrality

Sen. Cornyn, John [R-TX]
Sen. Cotton, Tom [R-AR]
Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX]
Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT]
Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]
Sen. McConnell, Mitch [R-KY]
Sen. Rubio, Marco [R-FL]
Sen. Sasse, Ben [R-NE]
Sen. Tillis, Thom [R-NC]

Of these 9 Senators, Sen. Cornyn, Sen. Cotton, Sen. Cruz, Sen. Lee, and Sen. Paul were also cosponsors on S.J. Res. 34, legislation that stripped FCC online privacy protections away using the Congressional Review Act. All 9 cosponsors of this bill voted to do away with internet privacy in the 50-48 party line vote to dismantle FCC online privacy rules. Now, the same Senators and the same political forces are gathering to remove the FCC’s ability to protect net neutrality.

Restoring Internet Freedom Act has nothing to do with internet freedom

Remember to tell the FCC that destroying net neutrality is not “Restoring Internet Freedom.” Such an action, whether voted on by the FCC next month or voted on by the US Senate and then House of Representatives, cannot pass. Net neutrality may be a complicated topic, especially for some of the politicians that seem to have zero grasp of how the Internet works. Increasingly, politicians, such as federal judge Brett Kavanaugh, reveal that they don’t know the difference between an ISP and an edge service provider. In a dissenting court opinion about net neutrality, Kavanaugh showcased an utter lack of understanding regarding the Internet, and TechCrunch rightly called him out on it, stating:

The conflation of telecommunications provider with edge provider, social media and press outlet is extremely disingenuous.

Misinformation is one of the favorite tools of Internet enemies. Lobbyists representing ISPs have previously tried to claim to the FCC that internet browsing history and app usage data does not constitute “sensitive information,” and therefore doesn’t deserve protections. If either the FCC action or the Congressional action against net neutrality passes – the American internet experience will change – and likely not for the better. When S. 993 comes to a vote, make sure to take note of which Senators vote which way. It is important to hold politicians accountable for their stances and their actions.

 

About Caleb Chen

Caleb Chen is a digital currency and privacy advocate who believes we must #KeepOurNetFree, preferably through decentralization. Caleb holds a Master's in Digital Currency from the University of Nicosia as well as a Bachelor's from the University of Virginia. He feels that the world is moving towards a better tomorrow, bit by bit by Bitcoin.


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  • Steven Dalton

    Traitors. Every one of them.

    Ted Cruz is sponsoring this. That alone should have been red flag.

    • fluffy doge

      The internet is a basic human right in this world, so of course the rich are trying to kill it. They legitimately canNOT risk the poor or minorities having a voice, it might harm their profits.

      Fuck theses senators, and may their last hours be as agonizing as those of the lives they have ruined.

  • Daniel Wandro

    Lets thank these kind senators for trying to fuck us over!

  • Balance_and_Options

    The damn R’s, disproportionately, seem to side against the common man, but somehow get confused as true Patriots. This sweet, gullible, country of ours….

  • Mark

    Why wasn’t this filibustered?

  • hidflect

    Tom Cotton is a lunatic. I dunno. You people vote for him. You got him.

  • feliciasbeard

    Don’t make a bit of difference here in TX. Both Sen put forth the bill….looking to the rest of you guys here.
    Help me American voters, you’re my only hope.

  • I like how they just throw in the word “freedom” and thinks it’ll fly.
    Modern days republicans are a cancer.

  • Jack Roberts

    If net neutrality is so amazing for the consumer, why are all the businesses supporting it?

    • Remoted

      (im really late to this)

      Business that support Net Neutrality are doing it so that they can still have access to high speed connections which bring in good traffic.

      If they did not support Net Neutrality then they (along with consumers) would have to pay extra to get the fast connections to their websites.

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  • Jen R

    How naive am I? I thought perhaps this was about affordable internet “freedom” for families who make less than $40k per year.