500 Small Internet Providers Object to The FCC’s Plan to Bring Back Net Neutrality Though ACA Connects





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Earlier this year the FCC passed a new rule that would bring back Net Nutralityh. This was followed by the FTC and FCC announcing a joint partnership to enforce Net Neutrality and regulate the internet in April. For years, the argument has been about who has what control over the internet to regulate it, the FTC or FCC. Now, the two sides will work together to enforce rules for internet providers. Now though Representative Bob Latta’s (R-OH) Congressional has filed a Resolution disapproving of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) order to classify broadband internet service as a telecommunications service under Title II of the Communications Act. 

Joining the push to object to this is the ACA Connects a trade organization representing more than 500 smaller and medium-sized independent companies that provide internet service, video, and phone to 31.9 million households, has objected to this move.

“The FCC’s internet takeover is unwarranted, and it is creating an unpredictable and untenable environment for small and independent providers trying to make needed investments to close the digital divide,” said ACA Connects President and CEO Grant Spellmeyer in a statement sent to Cord Cutters News. “ACA Connects fully supports Congressman Bob Latta’s resolution. We thank him for his critical leadership as the chair of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.”

With these new rules, the FCC reclassifies internet service providers as Title II companies. This gives the FCC and in partnership the FTC more power to regulate how they are run.

“Consumers do not want their broadband provider cutting sweetheart deals, with fast lanes for some services and slow lanes for others. They do not want their providers engaging in blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization,” said FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.  “If consumers have problems, they expect the Nation’s expert authority on communications to be able to respond.  Now we can.  In partnership with our colleagues at the FTC, we will protect consumers and ensure internet openness, defend national security, and monitor network resiliency and reliability.  I thank Chair Khan and her team for their leadership and cooperation in protecting consumers.”

“The FTC is squarely focused on protecting Americans from illegal business tactics, from tackling AI-enabled voice cloning fraud to fighting the scourge of robocalls. We look forward to continuing to work in close partnership with the FCC,” said FTC Chair Lina M. Khan. “Effective law enforcement requires targeting the upstream actors enabling unlawful conduct, and having the FCC as a partner here will be critical.”

This all comes as there is a growing pushback against the move. Even though internet services have been reclassified as Title II common carrier services, the full impact of net neutrality is still months or years away, as we expect internet providers to sue to stop it. Now, though, the FCC are working together to create a framework to help regulate the internet.

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