Congresswoman Eshoo: New Net Neutrality Rules Would Put Consumers Back in the Driver’s Seat

Speaking on NBC's "Press:Here" show over the weekend, Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said that it's a good thing that the Federal Communications Commission has decided to tackle the thorny task of tweaking the Open Internet Order (commonly referred to as "net neutrality") because it will empower consumers.

Eshoo is referring to an announcement made by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler last week that he would tackle the issue head on with a series of new rules and enforcement options. Wheeler's announcement follows a ruling by a D.C. Appeals Court that struck down the Open Internet Order saying that the agency didn't have the power to regulate broadband because the rules never defined companies that offer it as "common carriers." Wheeler did not say that he would rewrite the rules to reclassify the sector.

Eshoo is the top Democrat on House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and wants be the top Democrat on the full committee, according to The Hill.

“In fact, if the consumer isn’t in the driver’s seat, then it’s going to change the Internet,” Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said this weekend on "Press:Here," an NBC roundtable show focusing on Silicon Valley.

“I don’t know anyone that would raise their hand and say ‘I’m for blocking, and I’m for discriminatory practices,’” she added.

Eshoo went on to say that the court has given the FCC a roadmap for writing new regulations.

Republicans in Congress and even some republican Commissioners within the FCC do not like Wheeler's plans.

Just a day after the FCC announced that the commission would issue new rules, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced the Internet Freedom Act, which would block those new rules. Several Republican Commissioners also criticized Wheeler, with one noting that the Open Internet Order was always a solution looking for a problem…

Source: The Hill

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