Internet Association asks for U.S. net neutrality vote delay

A supporter of Net Neutrality protests the FCC's recent decision to repeal the program in Los Angeles
Supporter of Net Neutrality Lance Brown Eyes protests the FCC's recent decision to repeal the program in Los Angeles, California, November 28, 2017. REUTERS/ Kyle Grillot

December 6, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Internet Association, whose more than 40 members include companies like Google and Amazon, urged the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday to delay a vote to repeal a 2015 order banning internet providers from blocking or throttling online content.

The FCC is expected to vote on December 14 to scrap landmark 2015 rules approved during the Obama administration to ensure a free and open internet. The proposal is led by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican.

In a letter to Pai, Internet Association President Michael Beckerman asked for the vote to be delayed, or for the five commissioners to vote down the measure.

The request followed calls by officials such as New York’s attorney general and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel for the vote to be delayed after allegations of fake comments submitted to the FCC on the issue.

“IA and its members will continue our fight to preserve the 2015 Order and its strong, enforceable net neutrality

protections,” Beckerman said in the letter.

Pai and the two Republican commissioners have said they would vote for the measure while the two Democratic FCC commissioners oppose it.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Andrew Hay)

  • SlowpokeSA

    Unless we are comfortable w/Google running the www this ‘neutrality H.S. should be NEVER enacted.

  • norris

    I still have to side with the free market on this one. The government does not own the internet. They cannot tell the ISPs what to do. The internet worked just fine before 2015.

  • Diver

    As a stout Republican this pains me to say… Once in a great while the Dems get something right. This is one of those times. The current law on the books needs to remain in effect no matter what! If it is reversed, all our internet bills will skyrocket, our home WiFi connections to the internet will be throttled back to dialup speeds unless we pay for more speed. The Media will be able to control what sites pop up quickly and which ones (mostly sites with republican views) will be throttled back so far as they probably won’t load. Any republican voting for this HORRABLE ACTION should be voted out of office! Please tell all your friends to contact their local representatives and tell them to keep the internet from the greedy internet companies control.

  • No Mas

    The thing with globalist democrat terrorists like Obama,…. whatever they name something, it does the opposite!
    USA needs control of the net,. and remove it from globalist control freak communists.