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Team Internet Is Far From Done: What’s Next For Net Neutrality and How You Can Help


Team Internet Is Far From Done: What’s Next For Net Neutrality and How You Can Help

Corynne McSherry, Elliot Harmon

FCC may be abdicating its role in protecting the open Internet, but we will not. In the courts, in the halls of Congress, in our local communities, online and in the streets, Team Internet will fight for net neutrality – and we’ll be counting on you to join us.


As with many systemic changes, like marriage equality, the fight for a permanent neutral Net will take rise from the cities and states. There are already calls for cities and states to sue the FCC and instate their own municipal broadband and out of all those listed above in the article it is the local powers that I have the most faith in. Both congress and the courts are bought and paid for.


Let’s be at least a little bit realistic, shall we?

The Congressional Review Act is not going to come into play. You have to get a majority vote in Congress to squash an otherwise legitimate regulatory move by a duly authorized government agency. That’s just not gonna happen. Dems might make a lot of noise, but it will signify nothing.

Court cases are likewise going to be fruitless. An overwhelming majority of comments (up to 90% by some reports) were generated by bots, calling into question the validity of the entire body of comments. The FCC was right in giving little weight to public comment in this particular case. Besides, removing a regulation is a legitimate action by a regulatory agency. Especially if they have been convinced that the regulation is having, or might have, a detrimental effect on the industry being regulated and their customers.

The only suggestion with any hope of working is if Congress passes a law that specifically embodies the principals of “net neutrality”, leaving the FCC no leeway in how to interpret and enforce the law. Then you might be able to have some effect. Unless and until we have a significant change in the makeup of Congress (especially the House), this has little chance of working either.