A New Net Neutrality Bill Has Been Introduced in The House of Representatives




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Since the FCC announced that they planned to no longer regulate the internet as a Title II service but as a Title I service many have pushed to restore Net Neutrality. The goal has been to have the FCC regulate the internet, not the FTC as would happen with a Title I service.

There have been several attempts to pass a law at the federal level to restore the Title II status over the internet service providers but many have pushed back about concerns that Title II didn’t go far enough and others that it went too far. Now there is a new bill that seeks to avoid all of these issues by creating a new regulatory class called Title VIII that would oversee broadband internet access services. It would also restore the FCC’s role in overseeing the internet.

According to B&C who saw a summary of the bill, it would allow for content delivery networks and reasonable network management something other bills did not. What may upset many is the fact that the bill would allow the government to tax the internet using the Universal Service Fund fees. This is the fee you often see on your cell phone bill and can vary wildly as many states also have a similar tax. This tax is used to fund Connect America Fund, Lifeline and E-rate services. Similar proposals to impose taxes like the Universal Service Fund on the internet have been major sticking points in the past and could be once again.

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